Of course no first lady captured the cultural zeitgeist with her style quite the way Jackie Kennedy did.
He could hire the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to follow Gingrich around singing “Once, Twice, Three Times a lady” at campaign stops.
But after eight years of criss-crossing the state as first lady, she's no stranger to her new district.
Everybody else has let me down,” LBJ once told a friend, “except lady Bird.
But this is their chance to see their new president, the first lady, the Bidens.
In Glenkindie, 'Gib, his man,' is the vile betrayer of the noble harper and his lady.
If it please you, lady, my master bids me say he desires your presence.
Let the waters of the Danube bear him past the castle of his lady.
At the head of the stairs they parted, Milbrey joining the lady who had waited for him.
"That ought not to make any difference, mamma," said lady Sarah.
c.1200, lafdi, lavede, from Old English hlæfdige "mistress of a household, wife of a lord," literally "one who kneads bread," from hlaf "bread" (see loaf) + -dige "maid," related to dæge "maker of dough" (see dey (1); also compare lord). The medial -f- disappeared 14c. Not found outside English except where borrowed from it.
Sense of "woman of superior position in society" is c.1200; "woman whose manners and sensibilities befit her for high rank in society" is from 1861 (ladylike in this sense is from 1580s, and ladily from c.1400). Meaning "woman as an object of chivalrous love" is from early 14c. Used commonly as an address to any woman since 1890s. Applied in Old English to the Holy Virgin, hence many extended usages in plant names, place names, etc., from genitive singular hlæfdigan, which in Middle English merged with the nominative, so that lady- often represents (Our) Lady's; e.g. ladybug. Ladies' man first recorded 1784. Lady of pleasure recorded from 1640s.
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