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 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, "Breaking down the legal terms in Taylor Swift's music ownership dispute," 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, "College football 2019: Is this the year LSU and Ed Orgeron really torture USC fans?," 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 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lordship

chiefly British
used as a title when addressing or referring to someone who has the title of lord (such as a member of the nobility, a judge, or a bishop) used with his, your, or their
: the authority, power, or territory of a lord


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

Kids Definition of lordship

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

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