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
Recent Examples on the Web
Bo’s been commissioned to kill an anonymous rival (too generic to be of much interest) by resident crime lord Pepe (Stet Blancett), who promises his typically obedient hit man a share in his empire.—Peter Debruge, Variety, 2 Sep. 2023 Atop Malibu Canyon peak in the Santa Monica Mountains, the high-altitude villa lords over Malibu with far-reaching vistas of the California coastline.—Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 23 Aug. 2023 Trailer | Better Call Saul Watch on A spin-off of Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul is a prequel series focusing on Saul Goodman, a criminal lawyer who puts aside his morals to work alongside various drug lords.—Milan Polk, Men's Health, 13 Aug. 2023 When the Jedi were betrayed and hunted by Order 66, and Anakin’s descent as a Sith lord took hold, Ahsoka narrowly escaped with her life.—Eric Francisco, Men's Health, 22 Aug. 2023 Having said that, nobody wants to be in an abusive relationship in which one group kind of lords over the other and slowly but surely diminishes returns for them.—Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 July 2023 Indeed, across the whole span of human history, just one method ever curbed bad behavior by villains, ranging from thieves to kings and feudal lords.—WIRED, 6 July 2023 The script prior to this point is your standard high fantasy fare, full of lords, sires, and language that clearly denotes social standing.—Josh Broadwell, Variety, 21 June 2023 His assistance resulted in the arrest of multiple Detroit drug lords, but by 16, he was no longer needed by the FBI and turned to selling drugs himself.—Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, 10 May 2023
One of Santa Monica’s most stylish hotels has reeled in an equally swish yacht for guests.
, which has lorded over Ocean Avenue for 90 years, recently announced three new packages centered around an elegant Riva 63 Virtus.—Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 25 Aug. 2023 As a global powerhouse in tech manufacturing, Kord lords over nearly every facet of life in Palmera City.—Kaely Monahan, The Arizona Republic, 16 Aug. 2023 William’s new wife, Sarah, formerly his servant, sees the Claimant as a victim of the same establishment that lorded over her own working-class family.—Adam Kirsch, Harper's Magazine, 14 Aug. 2023 The drill sergeant-like coach, lording over brutal training sessions, is part of the sport’s lore.—Gus Garcia-Roberts, Anchorage Daily News, 15 July 2023 It’s emphasized when male leadership sits up on the stand, perusing and lording over their congregation while their wives tend to small children in the pews.—Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Aug. 2023 Nathan Howard—Bloomberg via Getty Images Jamie Dimon has lorded over JPMorgan Chase & Co. for more than 17 years, quadrupling the stock price and captivating legions with candid comments and occasional zingers on the economy, regulators and politicians.—Tanaz Meghjani, Fortune, 24 July 2023 There are many places to take in the city’s mind blowing vistas, like hiking to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue that lords over the city, or by taking a cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain.—Mercedes Bleth, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 July 2023 No one lords over a cult of personality right now, actively or passively, quite like Joni Mitchell.—Chris Willman, Variety, 14 June 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English loverd, lord, from Old English hlāford, from hlāf loaf + weard keeper — more at loaf, ward
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
: to act as if having the rank or power of a lord : domineer—used with it
lording it over her younger brothers
Old English hlāford "lord," literally, "bread keeper," from hlāf "loaf of bread" and weard "keeper, guard" — related to lady, loaf see Word History at lady
The word lord comes from the Old English word hlāford. This word was formed from the words hlāf, meaning "loaf of bread," and weard, meaning "keeper, guard." This "bread keeper," however, actually had no more to do with bread than our modern "breadwinner." The hlāford was much more important than his title suggests. He was the head of a great household and had power and authority over many people. The related word lady developed in much the same way.