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The Gaelic word for a noblewoman, a lady. Used as a form of address or a formal title for a woman.

Ireland: "ban-WAH-sal"
Scotland: "ben-WAH-sal"
Thuirt Bean-uasal nic Bheatha ri a fear-cèile a mharbhadh an Rìgh Donnachadh.

(Lady MacBeth said to her husband to kill King Duncan.)
by Lorelili March 19, 2006