1. [late 17C–18C] a woman, esp. when good-looking, even showy [the image of a duchess as an imposing figure].
2. [early 18C–19C] an old woman.
3. [late 18C] a prostitute.
4. [19C+] a general term of address to a woman.
5. [1900s] (Aus.) a procuress, a brothel-keeper.
6. [late 19C–1900s] one’s mother.
7. [1920s+] a woman who is making money in films.
8. [1970s] an ageing, affected male homosexual.
see Countess of Puddle-dock n.