land·​lord ˈland-ˌlȯrd How to pronounce landlord (audio)
: the owner of property (such as land, houses, or apartments) that is leased or rented to another
: the master of an inn or lodging house : innkeeper

Examples of landlord in a Sentence

agreed to pay the landlord the rent on the first Monday of each month a weekend workshop that is intended to disabuse would-be landlords of a bed-and breakfast that the job is one long vacation
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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of landlord was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Landlord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


land·​lord -ˌ(d)lȯ(ə)rd How to pronounce landlord (audio)
: the owner of land or houses that is rented to another
: a person who runs an inn or rooming house

Legal Definition


: the owner of property (as houses, apartments, or land) that is leased or rented to another

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