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lord Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun terms referring to the Judeo-Christian God
    Jehovah; Creator; God Almighty; Almighty; Divine; Maker; Godhead.
  2. noun a person who has general authority over others
    overlord; master.
  3. noun a titled peer of the realm
    nobleman; noble.
  4. verb make a lord of someone

Lord noun
Cf. Gr. bent so as to be convex in front.
  1. A hump-backed person; -- so called sportively. Eng. Richardson (Dict.).
Lord noun
OE. lord, laverd, loverd, AS. hlaford, for hlafweard, i. e., bread keeper; hlaf bread, loaf + weardian to look after, to take care of, to ward. See Loaf, and Ward to guard, and cf. Laird, Lady.
  1. One who has power and authority; a master; a ruler; a governor; a prince; a proprietor, as of a manor.
    But now I was the lord Of this fair mansion. Shak.
    Man over men He made not lord. Milton.
  2. A titled nobleman., whether a peer of the realm or not; a bishop, as a member of the House of Lords; by courtesy; the son of a duke or marquis, or the eldest son of an earl; in a restricted sense, a boron, as opposed to noblemen of higher rank. Eng.
  3. A title bestowed on the persons above named; and also, for honor, on certain official persons; as, lord advocate, lord chamberlain, lord chancellor, lord chief justice, etc. Eng.
  4. A husband. "My lord being old also." Gen. xviii. 12.
    Thou worthy lord Of that unworthy wife that greeteth thee. Shak.
  5. (Feudal Law) One of whom a fee or estate is held; the male owner of feudal land; as, the lord of the soil; the lord of the manor.
  6. The Supreme Being; Jehovah. ✍ When Lord, in the Old Testament, is printed in small capitals, it is usually equivalent to Jehovah, and might, with more propriety, be so rendered.
  7. The Savior; Jesus Christ.
Lord transitive verb
  1. To invest with the dignity, power, and privileges of a lord. R. Shak.
  2. To rule or preside over as a lord. R.
Lord intransitive verb
imperfect & past participle Lorded; present participle & verbal noun Lording
  1. To play the lord; to domineer; to rule with arbitrary or despotic sway; -- sometimes with over; and sometimes with it in the manner of a transitive verb.
    The whiles she lordeth in licentious bliss. Spenser.
    I see them lording it in London streets. Shak.
    And lorded over them whom now they serve. Milton.

Webster 1913

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