Etimology Of The Word Lady


Have you ever wondered where the word lady comes from? The 1829 edition of The Lady's Pocket Magazine explains:

It was at first Leafdian, from leaf, or laf, which signifies a loaf of bread, and D'ian to serve. It was afterwards corrupted to lafty, and at length to lady. So that it appears the original meaning of the term implies one who distributes bread. The true lady is one who feeds the poor, and relieves their indigence.