lady

An old-fashioned or extremely polite word for "woman" is lady. A waiter who's trying to be charming might say, "Can I get anything else for you ladies?"

There are instances when lady is the right word to use, but woman almost always sounds more modern and appropriate. Public speakers and announcers commonly use the phrase "ladies and gentlemen" to address a group of men and women, and if you're meeting a noblewoman, she may very well expect to be called "Lady Gertrude." Sometimes, ironically, lady is used in a rough, rude way: "Hey lady, out of my way!"

Definitions of lady
  1. noun
    a polite name for any woman
    “a nice lady at the library helped me”
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    types:
    begum
    a Muslim woman of high rank in India or Pakistan
    type of:
    adult female, woman
    an adult female person (as opposed to a man)
  2. noun
    a woman of refinement
    “a chauffeur opened the door of the limousine for the grand lady
    synonyms: dame, gentlewoman, ma'am, madam
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    grande dame
    a middle-aged or elderly woman who is stylish and highly respected
    madame
    title used for a married Frenchwoman
    type of:
    adult female, woman
    an adult female person (as opposed to a man)
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