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Lady Bountiful

noun, plural Lady Bountifuls, Ladies Bountiful.
1.
a wealthy lady in George Farquhar's The Beaux' Stratagem, noted for her kindness and generosity.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) a woman of noteworthy generosity or charity.
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  • Our Lady Bountiful had come in to pay for the chair and see the boy, but alas!

    The Story of Patsy Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
  • I come, an't please your ladyship—you're my Lady Bountiful, an't ye?

    The Beaux-Stratagem George Farquhar
  • In Lady Bountiful there is no question of any great fundamental truth, no great human interest.

    The English Stage Augustin Filon
  • Lady Bountiful, who was bountiful in nought but reviling, was the person whom I met.

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat
  • Lady Bountiful lowed argumentatively, and Dolly stamped, wagged her head knowingly up and down, and then shook it with a whinny.

    Bressant Julian Hawthorne
  • You've been Lady Bountiful, and first-aider, and last-leaver.

    The Purple Heights Marie Conway Oemler
  • Those who loved her and in return wished to be loved by her called her the Lady Bountiful of the Slums.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • There were presents for all the children, and Mrs. Roosevelt played Lady Bountiful to see that each child got its gift.

    Under Four Administrations Oscar S. Straus
  • I suppose it would be more attractive, for instance, than to be Lady Bountiful to a village?

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • The life of a Lady Bountiful turned out a dull routine of mothers' meetings and Sunday-schools.

British Dictionary definitions for Lady Bountiful

lady bountiful

noun
1.
an ostentatiously charitable woman
Word Origin
after a character in George Farquhar's play The Beaux' Stratagem (1707)
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