noun \ˈlrd\

Definition of LORD

:  one having power and authority over others:
a :  a ruler by hereditary right or preeminence to whom service and obedience are due
b :  one of whom a fee or estate is held in feudal tenure
c :  an owner of land or other real property
d obsolete :  the male head of a household
e :  husband
f :  one that has achieved mastery or that exercises leadership or great power in some area <a drug lord>
a :  god 1
b :  jesus
:  a man of rank or high position: as
a :  a feudal tenant whose right or title comes directly from the king
b :  a British nobleman: as
(1) :  baron 2a (2) :  a hereditary peer of the rank of marquess, earl, or viscount (3) :  the son of a duke or a marquess or the eldest son of an earl (4) :  a bishop of the Church of England
c plural capitalized :  house of lords
—used as a British title: as
a —used as part of an official title <Lord Advocate> <Lord Mayor>
b —used informally in place of the full title for a marquess, earl, or viscount
c —used for a baron
d —used by courtesy before the name and surname of a younger son of a duke or a marquess
:  a person chosen to preside over a festival

Examples of LORD

  1. He became a lord upon the death of his father.
  2. <as lords of the local real estate scene, they own nearly all of the city's prime pieces of property>

Origin of LORD

Middle English loverd, lord, from Old English hlāford, from hlāf loaf + weard keeper — more at loaf, ward
First Known Use: before 12th century



Definition of LORD

intransitive verb
:  to act like a lord; especially :  to put on airs —usually used with it <lords it over his friends>

First Known Use of LORD

14th century
May 27, 2015
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a vigorous reprimand or warning
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