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[lawrd-ship] /ˈlɔrd ʃɪp/

(often initial capital letter) a term of respect used when speaking of or to certain noblemen (usually preceded by his or your).
the state or dignity of a .
the authority or power of a lord.
the domain of a lord.
British. (often initial capital letter) a term of respect used when speaking of or to judges (usually preceded by his or your).
the position or authority of a lord
(Brit) preceded by Your or His. a title used to address or refer to a bishop, a judge of the high court, or any peer except a duke

c.1300, from Old English hlafordscipe “authority, rule” (translating Latin dominatio); see lord (n.) + -ship.


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