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

First Known Use of lordship

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

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The first known use of lordship was before the 12th century

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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 title His Lordship is not at home.

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