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Portrait of Madame X by John Singer Sargent
Portrait of Madame X by John Singer Sargent

If I were a carpenter
And you were a lady,
Would you marry me anyway?
Would you have my baby?

--"If I Were a Carpenter" (1967) by Tim Hardin

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The word lady is a civil term of respect for a woman, specifically the female equivalent to gentleman or lord, and in many contexts a term for any adult woman. Once confined to usage when specifically addressing women of high social class or status; over the last 300 years, the term can now be used to refer to any adult woman.

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