lord·​ship | \ ˈlȯrd-ˌship How to pronounce lordship (audio) \

Definition of lordship

1a : the rank or dignity of a lord used as a title
b : the authority or power of a lord : dominion
2 : the territory under the jurisdiction of a lord : seigniory

Examples of lordship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This sounds like a mutually beneficial arrangement between his lordship and the royal spouse. Mike Bass, The Enquirer, 25 Aug. 2021 Plain and simple: the entity that owns the master has lordship over the song’s life after the recording (like usage in visual media and live performances). Kristin Vartan, EW.com, 15 Nov. 2019 His lordship over the Tigers is the reason that USC fans should not have to look back on 2013 and Orgeron with too much regret. Los Angeles Times, 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of lordship

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

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“Lordship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lordship. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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lord·​ship | \ ˈlȯrd-ˌship How to pronounce lordship (audio) \

Kids Definition of lordship

: the rank or dignity of a lord used as a title His Lordship is not at home.


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