Definition of Lady Bountiful from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Lady Bountiful

; NAmE
(British English, usually disapproving)
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a woman, especially an upper-class woman, who likes to appear generous with her money or time. The name comes from a character in the play The Beaux' Stratagem (1707) by the Irish writer George Farquhar (1678-1707) She likes to help out at the school and play Lady Bountiful.