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lord

noun \ ˈlȯrd \

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 due
b :one of whom a fee or estate is held in feudal tenure
c :an owner of land or other real (see 1real 1) property
d obsolete :the male head of a household
e :husband
f :one that has achieved mastery or that exercises leadership or great power in some area
  • a drug lord
2 capitalized
a :god 1
b :jesus
3 :a man of rank or high position: such as
a :a feudal tenant whose right or title comes directly from the king
b :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 England
c Lords plural :house of lords
4 used as a British title: such as
a used as part of an official title
  • Lord Advocate
  • Lord Mayor
b used informally in place of the full title for a marquess, earl, or viscount
c used for a baron
d 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

  1. He became a lord upon the death of his father.

  2. as lords of the local real estate scene, they own nearly all of the city's prime pieces of property

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Origin and Etymology of lord

Middle English loverd, lord, from Old English hlāford, from hlāf loaf + weard keeper — more at loaf, ward


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lord

verb

Definition of lord

intransitive verb
:to act like a lord; especially :to put on airs usually used with it
  • lords it over his friends

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Origin and Etymology of lord

see 1lord



LORD Defined for Kids

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lord

noun \ ˈlȯrd \

Definition of lord for Students

1 :a person having power and authority over others
2 capitalized :god 1
3 capitalized :jesus christ
4 :a British nobleman or bishop used as a title
  • Lord Cornwallis

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.”


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lord

verb

Definition of lord for Students

lorded; lording
:to act in a proud or bossy way toward others
  • He's older, and always lords it over us.


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