a person who has authority, control, or power over others; a master, chief, or ruler.
a person who exercises authority from property rights; an owner of land, houses, etc.
a person who is a leader or has great influence in a chosen profession:
the great lords of banking.
a feudal superior; the proprietor of a manor.
a titled nobleman or peer; a person whose ordinary appellation contains by courtesy the title Lord or some higher title.
Lords, the Lords Spiritual and Lords Temporal comprising the House of Lords.
(initial capital letter)
(initial capital letter) the Supreme Being; God; Jehovah.
(initial capital letter) the Savior, Jesus Christ.
Astrology. a planet having dominating influence.
(often initial capital letter) (used in exclamatory phrases to express surprise, elation, etc.):
Lord, what a beautiful day!
lord it, to assume airs of importance and authority; behave arrogantly or dictatorially; domineer:
to lord it over the menial workers.
the Lords, short for House of Lords
a person who has power or authority over others, such as a monarch or master
a male member of the nobility, esp in Britain
(in medieval Europe) a feudal superior, esp the master of a manor Compare lady (sense 5)
a husband considered as head of the household (archaic except in the facetious phrase lord and master)
(astrology) a planet having a dominating influence
my lord, a respectful form of address used to a judge, bishop, or nobleman
(transitive) (rare) to make a lord of (a person)
to act in a superior manner towards (esp in the phrase lord it over)
a title given to God or Jesus Christ
(sometimes not capital) an exclamation of dismay, surprise, etc: Good Lord!, Lord only knows!
mid-13c., laverd, loverd, from Old English hlaford “master of a household, ruler, superior,” also “God” (translating Latin Dominus, though Old English drihten was used more often), earlier hlafweard, literally “one who guards the loaves,” from hlaf “bread, loaf” (see loaf (n.)) + weard “keeper, guardian” (see ward (n.)). Cf. lady, and Old English hlafæta “household servant,” literally “loaf-eater.” Modern monosyllabic form emerged 14c. As an interjection from late 14c. Lord’s Prayer is from 1540s. Lord of the Flies translates Beelzebub (q.v.) and was name of 1954 book by William Golding. To drink like a lord is from 1620s.
c.1300, “to exercise lordship,” from lord (n.). Meaning “to play the lord, domineer” is late 14c. Related: Lorded; lording. To lord it is from 1570s.
There are various Hebrew and Greek words so rendered. (1.) Heb. Jehovah, has been rendered in the English Bible LORD, printed in small capitals. This is the proper name of the God of the Hebrews. The form “Jehovah” is retained only in Ex. 6:3; Ps. 83:18; Isa. 12:2; 26:4, both in the Authorized and the Revised Version. (2.) Heb. ‘adon, means one possessed of absolute control. It denotes a master, as of slaves (Gen. 24:14, 27), or a ruler of his subjects (45:8), or a husband, as lord of his wife (18:12). The old plural form of this Hebrew word is _’adonai_. From a superstitious reverence for the name “Jehovah,” the Jews, in reading their Scriptures, whenever that name occurred, always pronounced it _’Adonai_. (3.) Greek kurios, a supreme master, etc. In the LXX. this is invariably used for “Jehovah” and “‘Adonai.” (4.) Heb. ba’al, a master, as having domination. This word is applied to human relations, as that of husband, to persons skilled in some art or profession, and to heathen deities. “The men of Shechem,” literally “the baals of Shechem” (Judg. 9:2, 3). These were the Israelite inhabitants who had reduced the Canaanites to a condition of vassalage (Josh. 16:10; 17:13). (5.) Heb. seren, applied exclusively to the “lords of the Philistines” (Judg. 3:3). The LXX. render it by satrapies. At this period the Philistines were not, as at a later period (1 Sam. 21:10), under a kingly government. (See Josh. 13:3; 1 Sam. 6:18.) There were five such lordships, viz., Gath, Ashdod, Gaza, Ashkelon, and Ekron.
In addition to the idiom beginning with lord
[lawrdz-uh n-ley-deez] /ˈlɔrdz ənˈleɪ diz/ noun, plural lords-and-ladies. 1. (used with a singular verb) . noun 1. (functioning as sing) another name for cuckoopint
[lawrd-ship] /ˈlɔrd ʃɪp/ noun 1. (often initial capital letter) a term of respect used when speaking of or to certain noblemen (usually preceded by his or your). 2. the state or dignity of a . 3. the authority or power of a lord. 4. the domain of a lord. 5. British. (often initial capital letter) […]
- Lordship of the isles
noun 1. an overlordship of the Western Isles of Scotland and adjacent lands instituted in 1266 when Magnus of Norway ceded the Hebrides, the Isle of Man, and Kintyre to the King of Scotland, and claimed by the chiefs of Clan Dougall and later by those of Clan Donald. The title was forfeited to James […]
noun, plural Lords Spiritual. 1. a bishop or archbishop belonging to the House of Lords.