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[land-ley-dee] /ˈlændˌleɪ di/
noun, plural landladies.
a woman who owns and leases an apartment, house, land, etc., to others.
a woman who owns or runs an inn, rooming house, or boardinghouse.
Origin of landlady
1530-40; land + lady Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On top of that, his landlady is trying to put the make on him.
  • Frank drunkenly goes to his landlady's apartment late at night.
  • The landlady came in and gave me three days to pay the rent.
  • He had successfully avoided meeting his landlady on the staircase.
  • And then to his intense amazement he caught the voice of his landlady.
  • Between him and the truth the avarice of a sordid landlady interposes the curtain of a lie.
  • It took some time to bring the landlady's husband up to that pitch.
  • Concluding that he had returned to his senses, the landlady closed the door and disappeared.
  • He agreed to pay two guineas a week so readily, that the landlady regretted she had asked him so little.
  • The writer took the ginger-ale bottle and walked back to his rooming house where the landlady told him not to drink on the steps.
British Dictionary definitions for landlady


noun (pl) -dies
a woman who owns and leases property
a landlord's wife
a woman who owns or runs a lodging house, pub, etc
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Word Origin and History for landlady

1520s, from land (n.) + lady.

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