laird

noun
\ ˈlerd How to pronounce laird (audio) \

Definition of laird

chiefly Scotland
: a landed proprietor

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Other Words from laird

lairdly \ ˈlerd-​lē How to pronounce lairdly (audio) \ adjective

Examples of laird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most practical measures to weed out witches were taken by the local leaders of Scottish society, the lairds (local aristocrats) and ministers. National Geographic, "A royal obsession with black magic started Europe's most brutal witch hunts," 16 Oct. 2019 And after years of neglect by the previous laird, or estate owner, the people gained ownership themselves in 1997. Danielle Bernabe, National Geographic, "Visit a wild and beautiful Scottish island owned by its residents," 26 Apr. 2019 And after years of neglect by the previous laird, or estate owner, the people gained ownership themselves in 1997. Danielle Bernabe, National Geographic, "Visit a wild and beautiful Scottish island owned by its residents," 26 Apr. 2019 The wife of a laird used to be called Lady up until the 18th century, but the practice has disappeared and now spouses take on their husband's full names, Koenig previously told The Duchess Diary in 2016. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is Pippa Middleton Actually Getting a Royal Title?," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of laird

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for laird

Middle English (northern dialect) lord, lard lord

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The first known use of laird was in the 14th century

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“Laird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laird. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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laird

noun
How to pronounce laird (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of laird

: a man who owns a large amount of land in Scotland

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