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
Recent Examples on the Web The directive requires tenants who can’t pay their rent to submit a declaration stating as much to their landlord. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "CDC extends eviction moratorium as court challenges in Ohio, nationwide threaten measure’s future," 29 Mar. 2021 The agency plans to distribute $50 million during the first round of funding, with landlords receiving grants of up to $100,000 per business tenant for a maximum of $3 million going to each landlord. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Oregon business owners ask lawmakers for more time to repay late rent," 17 Mar. 2021 The payment will be made directly to the landlord or utility provider in most cases, MSHDA said. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan renters, landlords can apply for new rent aid program starting Monday," 12 Mar. 2021 Rental and utility payments are made directly to the landlord or utility provider. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, "Teachers, child care workers eligible for vaccine Monday," 25 Feb. 2021 The order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not a blanket moratorium; tenants must sign a declaration and give a copy to their landlord. CBS News, "Millions of U.S. renters face eviction legal battles without lawyers," 31 Dec. 2020 Even though all one needs to do is download a form from the C.D.C. website and give it to their landlord, many people don’t know to do that. The New York Times, New York Times, "A Year Like No Other," 8 Dec. 2020 If approved, funds will be paid directly to the landlord. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, "Tarrant County residents can still apply for help paying rent, but time is running out," 25 Nov. 2020 Leases tend to start at the beginning of the month, but an earlier move-in date could be appealing to a landlord. Anna Bahney, CNN, "Manhattan landlords are offering an average of two months free rent," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of landlord

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

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“Landlord.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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