land·​lord | \ ˈland-ˌlȯrd How to pronounce landlord (audio) \

Definition of landlord

1 : the owner of property (such as land, houses, or apartments) that is leased or rented to another
2 : the master of an inn or lodging house : innkeeper

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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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First Known Use of landlord

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

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20 May 2022

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“Landlord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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land·​lord | \ ˈland-ˌlȯrd How to pronounce landlord (audio) \

Kids Definition of landlord

1 : a person who owns land or houses and rents them to other people
2 : a person who runs an inn or rooming house



Legal Definition of landlord

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

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