land·​lord | \ ˈland-ˌlȯrd \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for landlord


lessor, letter, renter


lessee, lodger, roomer, tenant

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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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Husband and wife Kory Slaatthaug and Mickey Bambrick are landlords. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Free rent in Seattle, no catch: Landlords’ faith inspired a gift for tenants," 26 Oct. 2018 In the last month, Pruitt has been accused of doing official EPA business with an energy lobbyist whose wife was Pruitt’s landlord, which could violate bribery laws. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "House Republicans cite “McCarthyism” and “party jets” in defending Scott Pruitt.," 26 Apr. 2018 The suit names Catholic Social Services, the parent organization of the Brother Francis Shelter; Bean's Cafe, a separate nonprofit; and their longtime landlord, the city of Anchorage. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Auctioneer sues Brother Francis Shelter, Bean’s Cafe and the city over his business losses," 26 Apr. 2018 Sure, the city is technically the landlord, but nothing of much import happens at Hartsfield without Delta’s say-so. Time, "Delta Will Never, Ever Leave Georgia. Here's Why," 28 Feb. 2018 Adding to her many titles, the Bajan star is also a landlord. Yasmine Gray, Billboard, "Rihanna Is Looking for Tenants to Rent Her West Hollywood Home," 18 Jan. 2018 Russian Samovar countersued, alleging, among other things, that the management company, led by Alexander Agajanov, had sought to negotiate with the landlord to take over its lease. Becky Yerak, WSJ, "New York’s Russian Samovar Restaurant Files for Bankruptcy," 12 Dec. 2018 The landlord of the location, which was in a strip mall, locked the door overnight after poll workers had set up, leaving ballots inside, the Arizona Republic reported. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Voters Across the Country Are Running Into Issues at the Polls," 6 Nov. 2018 Kilroy owns 14 million square feet in the West Coast and is one of the Bay Area’s largest landlords. Roland Li,, "WeWork, Elon Musk nonprofit bid for Fort Scott development in Presidio," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of landlord

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

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Financial Definition of landlord

What It Is

A landlord is an individual who owns real estate that he or she leases to renters.

How It Works

Landlords may own either residential or commercial properties. They lease the properties to families or companies in return for monthly rent. As the owning party, a landlord's obligations include structural maintenance and repairs as well as property tax payments (typically built into the rent).

For example, suppose Bob owns a three-bedroom apartment that he chooses to lease for rent. A family enters into a lease contract with Bob, the landlord. The family agrees to pay him $1,000 each month for a specific length of time (usually one year) in return for the right to live in the apartment.

Why It Matters

By leasing their properties, landlords can generate cash flow that accompanies the appreciation in their properties' market value.

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English Language Learners Definition of landlord

: a person who owns a house, apartment, etc., and rents it to other people

: a man who runs an inn, pub, or rooming house


land·​lord | \ ˈland-ˌlȯrd \

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

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Legal Definition of landlord 

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

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