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Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From hlāf (bread) + a second element representing Proto-Germanic *daigijǭ (kneader) (compare dǣġe, dāg (dough)).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈhlæːfˌdiːje/, [ˈhlæːvˌdiːje]

NounEdit

hlǣfdīġe f (nominative plural hlǣfdīġan)

  1. a lady, the mistress of a household.
  2. noblewoman; queen
  3. a form of courteous address; lady
  4. the Virgin Mary

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