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The definition "The wife of a lord or a gentleman." seems flawed, in the sense of a title, it should be capitalised as Lady, and the second reason is that a Lady can be born a Lady and does not have to be defined in terms of her husband. I don't know how to edit it, does lady refer to a Lady as well? Pistachio 21:43, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Lady should cross-reference lady on the first line with {{see}}, and vice-versa. I think this should probably be in the tea room instead of RFV? The "the wife of..." definition is one possible definition, if not the primary sense, right? --Connel MacKenzie 06:23, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
The wives of most British knights are also allowed the courtesy title Lady. --Enginear 20:21, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
Disputed sense moved to Lady. — Beobach972 03:18, 21 June 2007 (UTC)

More RFVEdit

Found Wycliffe, Genesis 16:8, as requested, via Wikisource Wycliffe Genesis 16

“he seide to hir, Fro whennus comest thou Agar, the seruauntesse of Sarai, and whidur goist thou? Which answerde, Y fle fro the face of Sarai my ladi.”

whereas what you were thinking was likely this,

“he said to her, From whence comest thou Hagar, the servantess of Sarai (Sarai’s slave-girl), and whither goest thou? Which answered, I flee from the face of Sarai, my lady.”

via BibleGateway Genesis 16:8 (Wycliffe Bible)

I don't know which to use, as one is archaic and the other isn't. --FeralOink (talk) 02:17, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

Discussion archiveEdit

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The senses

  • (archaic, attributive, with a professional title) Who is a woman.
    A lady doctor.
  • (in the plural) A polite form of address to women.
    Ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to ...
    Follow me, ladies!

seem redundant to the sense

  • (polite or used by children) A woman: an adult female human.
    Please direct this lady to the soft furnishings department.

.​—msh210 (talk) 17:14, 19 April 2013 (UTC)

I don't see how the first is redundant to that sense; it's not used by children, and it never was markedly polite, and currently ranges from the "things the old folks say and we let them get away with" rude to "sexist asshole" rude.--Prosfilaes (talk) 23:56, 19 April 2013 (UTC)
Because all three senses just mean "woman". The contexts/registers can be added as a context template: (archaic, attributive, with a professional title; or polite or used by children) or the like. The meaning is the same.​—msh210 (talk) 15:29, 22 April 2013 (UTC)
Singular Plural
Male Follow me, sir! Follow me, gentlemen!
Female Follow me, madam! Follow me, ladies!
TAKASUGI Shinji (talk) 15:47, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

Kept. — TAKASUGI Shinji (talk) 17:04, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

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