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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
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  • It was the only decent bit of time I ever had when I was a kid, with our landlady's two girls, you know.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • Their landlady was not willing to be hard upon them, but what could a poor woman do, she said.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Sadie, having "sauced" her landlady, found it wise to change her quarters.

    Winnie Childs C. N. Williamson
  • The landlady looked at him in a motherly way and shook her head.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Towards the close of 1764 his rent was so long in arrear that his landlady one morning called in the help of a sheriff's officer.

  • For some reason unconscionably delaying, the landlady did not reappear.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Good waiting upon; civil landlord and landlady; and, in short, everything at this very pretty town pleased me exceedingly.

    Rural Rides William Cobbett
  • I always carry a corkscrew, and I never forget to kiss the landlady.'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • After Mr. Gryce left the hotel, I took a cup of tea with the landlady and then made a round of the stores.

    Lost Man's Lane Anna Katharine Green
  • My landlady invited me to join her party down-stairs; I declined.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for landlady

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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