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1. A boy; a youth; a stripling. Cupid is a knavish lad. There is a lad here, which hath fire barley loaves and two small fishes. (john vi. 9)

2. A companion; a comrade; a mate. Lads love.

(Science: botany) see Boy's love, under boy.

Origin: oe. Ladde, of Celtic origin; cf. W. Awd, ir. Lath. Cf. Lass.