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[ley-dee-ship] /ˈleɪ diˌʃɪp/
(often initial capital letter) the form used in speaking of or to a woman having the title of Lady (usually preceded by her or your).
the rank of a lady.
Origin of ladyship
1175-1225; Middle English; see lady, -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Gently he disengaged himself from the arms her ladyship now flung about him.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • No, madam, there are Mr. Bellmour and Mr. Vainlove to wait upon your ladyship.

  • "Tell her ladyship that I am nearly ready," answered the young duchess.

    The Lost Lady of Lone E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • Now your ladyship can see a little of our goings on—now the shutters are down: but, dear heart!

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • "He expects you to give him your heart," said her ladyship, slowly.

    Castle Craneycrow George Barr McCutcheon
  • Would not your ladyship step into my parlour, and have a little drop of something?

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Her ladyship was the first to recover herself, and walked towards Aunt Sophia with stately carriage and extended hand.

    The Rosery Folk George Manville Fenn
  • Well, her ladyship is bent on making some marmalade and rhubarb jam.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • "A foolish fancy, your ladyship," the unfortunate Sir Tristram put in.

    Operas Every Child Should Know Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
British Dictionary definitions for ladyship


preceded by your or her. a title used to address or refer to any peeress except a duchess
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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