Definition of lord
1 : one having power and authority over others:a : a ruler by hereditary right or preeminence to whom service and obedience are dueb : one of whom a fee or estate is held in feudaltenurec : an owner of land or other real (see 1real 1) propertyd obsolete : the male head of a householde : husbandf : one that has achieved mastery or that exercises leadership or great power in some area a drug lord
3 : a man of rank or high position: such asa : a feudal tenant whose right or title comes directly from the kingb : a British nobleman: such as (1) : baron 2a (2) : a hereditary peer of the rank of marquess, earl, or viscount (3) : the son of a duke or a marquess or the eldest son of an earl (4) : a bishop of the Church of Englandc Lords plural : house of lords
4 —used as a British title: such asa —used as part of an official title Lord Advocate Lord Mayorb —used informally in place of the full title for a marquess, earl, or viscountc —used for a barond —used by courtesy before the name and surname of a younger son of a duke or a marquess
5 : a person chosen to preside over a festival
Examples of lord in a sentence
He became a lord upon the death of his father.
as lords of the local real estate scene, they own nearly all of the city's prime pieces of property
Definition of lord
: to act like a lord; especially : to put on airs —usually used with it lords it over his friends
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History for lord
Lord was first formed as a compound word, though its nature has been made unclear by centuries of sound change. The Old English ancestor of lord was hlāford, “head of the household”; this compound is made up of hlāf, “loaf, bread,” and weard, “keeper, guard.” Old English speakers seem to have thought of the most important male in the house as the “keeper of the bread.”
Definition of lord for Students
: to act in a proud or bossy way toward others He's older, and always lords it over us.
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