Definition of lord in English:

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noun

1A man of noble rank or high office; a nobleman: lords and ladies were entertained here
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  • Had Arthur considered the pain that he should cause his knights, lords, nobles, wife?
  • The noble lord spends most of his time alone and prefers not to talk about the four-year sentence he received for perjury.
  • The noble lord had gone to bed drunk, woken up an hour later, still drunk, and had convinced himself that it was breakfast time.
1.1 (Lord) (In the UK) a title given formally to a baron, and less formally to a marquess, earl, or viscount (prefixed to a family or territorial name): Lord Derby
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  • Who, then, was this Lord Chesterfield, about whom all of this proverbial fuss has been made?
  • Lord Derby served as British Minister of War from 1916-18 during World War One.
  • Lord Somerset is one of the most important and influential statesmen to have lived in the nineteenth century.
1.2 (the Lords) (In the UK) the House of Lords, or its members collectively.
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  • The bill underwent its fourth day of scrutiny during the committee stage in the Lords on Monday.
  • The Fireworks Bill was given its third reading in the Lords without debate.
  • This is a manifesto commitment and we will use the parliament act if the Lords object.
1.3 (Lord) (In the UK) a courtesy title given to a younger son of a duke or marquess (prefixed to a Christian name): Lord John Russell
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  • Born premature and always small in stature, Lord John Russell served twice as prime minister.
  • Lord Edward bears a passing resemblance to Lord Peter but he is a year or two younger.
  • The Duke's younger brother, Lord Edward Corinth, and journalist Verity Browne, set out to investigate.
1.4Used in compound titles of other people of authority: Lord High Executioner
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  • The position of Lord High Steward of England, not to be confused with the Lord Steward, a court functionary, is the first of the Great Officers of State.
  • "Please, Lord High Executioner, I beg you don't do this. The Queen has never once confided her infidelities to me. I know nothing of this."
  • It concerns our leading judges, including - also very directly - the Lord Chief Justice, and how the judiciary responds to political and media pressure.
1.5 historical A feudal superior, especially the owner of a manor house.
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  • In Scotland the role of the feudal lord was superimposed upon the more ancient status of chief of a clan or kindred.
  • Princes, clerics, and feudal lords often levied taxes, tithes, and rents as shares of certain crops.
  • Renters were squeezed by high rents in the decades before the Revolution, and many peasants found themselves facing lords who collected seigneurial dues with more rigour than ever.
1.6A master or ruler: our lord the king
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  • My master, the great Scholar Li K'ai-men heard these words from his lord and master, His Majesty, the Emperor Kao.
  • Anna is the melancholic woman of sorrows, completely dedicated to mourning the memory of her dead lord and master, while at the same time memorializing his life.
  • Everyone who drew benefit from the estate was hoping that their new lord and master would not be a foreign absentee landlord, who turned up two or three times a year.
Synonyms
master, lord and master, ruler, leader, chief, superior, monarch, sovereign, king, emperor, prince, governor, commander, captain, overlord, suzerain, baron, potentate, liege, liege lord
1.7 (Lord) A name for God or Christ: give thanks to the Lord
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  • The one person is the Lord Jesus Christ, or Jesus Christ the Lord.
  • They had had a revelation of who Jesus is: both Lord and Christ.
  • I ask this in the mighty name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!
Synonyms
God, the Father, Jehovah, the Almighty, the Supreme Being, the Deity; Jesus, Jesus Christ, Christ, Christ the Lord, the Messiah, the Saviour, the Son of God, the Redeemer, the Lamb of God, the Prince of Peace, the King of Kings

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(Lord) Used in exclamations expressing surprise or worry, or for emphasis: Lord, I’m cold!
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  • Someone Save Me From These Turbulent Republicans! - Oh, Lord!
  • I held a one-woman demonstration in favor of Gay Pride in Erie, PA over 30 years ago - Lord!
  • She felt a faint pang of fear and unknowing. Oh, Lord!

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1 (lord it over) Act in a superior and domineering manner towards (someone): when we were at school, you used to lord it over us
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  • We do not seek to be considered superior to heterosexuals and lord it over them.
  • A while back, I wondered: ‘How long can the equilibrium of technically incompetent rulers lording it over technologically advanced societies be maintained?’
  • When things are going well for them politically, they are unbearably arrogant, shoving it in everyone's faces, ungraciously lording it over all concerned.
Synonyms
order about/around, boss about/around, give orders to, domineer, dominate, dictate to, pull rank on, tyrannize, bully, browbeat, oppress, repress, ride roughshod over, have under one's thumb; be overbearing, put on airs, swagger
2 [with object] archaic Confer the title of Lord upon: Sir Cadwallader Pleadwell has been lately lorded
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  • Patronage from the leader of your party would be the way to get lorded.

Origin

Old English hlāford, from hlāfweard 'bread-keeper', from a Germanic base (see loaf1, ward). Compare with lady.

Phrases

live like a lord

Live sumptuously.
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  • But many lords were more interested in, well, living like a lord, not acting like an accountant.
  • You can live like a lord in castles and elegant manor houses or stay in cozy village inns and luxury hotels in prime locations.
  • Gianni was well-to-do, and lived like a lord, but Lisi was so poor that he could hardly keep body and soul together.

Lord (God) of hosts

God as Lord over earthly or heavenly armies.
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  • O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee ’.
  • For behold, the day comes, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.
  • Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!

lord of the manor

The owner of a manor house (formerly the master of a feudal manor).
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  • After the Norman Conquest the system of feudal landholding required the lord of the manor to provide a court for his tenants.
  • By the Statute of Merton the lord of the manor or other owner of a village was allowed to enclose waste land for his own use only if he left adequate pasture for the villagers.
  • This was a tax paid to the lord of the manor when an animal had been sold by its owner.

Lord of Misrule

historical A person presiding over Christmas games and revelry in a wealthy household.
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  • The fun was presided over by the Lord of Misrule, full of lewd and naughty pranks - and usually strictly for the grown-ups.
  • Our pagan ancestors had a wild and boozy time presided over by the Lord of Misrule, who got up to rude and mischievous pranks.
  • The songs they sang were traditional and tied in with pre-Victorian mid-winter celebrations where the Lord of Misrule presided over jollities which were rather wild at heart.

Lord Muck

British informal A haughty or socially pretentious man.
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  • Gapping for the school leaver, or for the newly minted graduate, is what the grand tour was for young Lord Muck in the 18th century.
  • With staff to milk the cows and break in the race-horses, he is free to prepare himself for his illustrious future - principally by poncing about like Lord Muck.
  • They have never done a day's building work in their lives, and when they come to visit the site they ponce around like Lord Muck.

the Lord's Day

Sunday: I go to church on the Lord’s Day
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  • Sunday is the Lord's Day, the Christian sabbath on which we rest from our labors and in Christ and refresh ourselves in worship.
  • Others mistakenly think that keeping the Lord's Day or attending church meetings (or doing any number of religious things) earn saving merit.
  • It is not the specifically Jewish Sabbath we observe, but the Lord's Day that is the Christian Sabbath.

the Lord's Prayer

The prayer taught by Christ to his disciples, beginning ‘Our Father’.
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  • When Jesus taught his disciples the Lord's Prayer, he used ‘Our Father’ to address God.
  • What gave him comfort and strength, he said, were the old liturgies and prayers - the psalms, the Lord's Prayer, the creeds.
  • These are the seminal texts of the tradition: the Lord's Prayer, the Magnificat, the Benedictus.

the Lord's Supper

The Eucharist; Holy Communion (especially in Protestant use).
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  • In contrast to symbolic, visual worship, we have but two sacraments, the Lord's Supper and Baptism, and beyond that we are directed to worship not through anticipatory symbols and the visual, but in the Spirit through the word.
  • Protestants observe only two sacraments, baptism and the Lord's Supper, for we find that these are the only two that Jesus commanded to be observed.
  • The earliest theologians were concerned not only with the meaning of the Scriptures, but also, with the theological implications of such Christian practices as baptism and the Lord's Supper.

My Lord

(In the UK) a polite form of address to judges, bishops, and certain noblemen: ‘My Lord,’ he apologized. ‘I did not intend to give offence.’
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  • Unfortunately being Lord of the Manor doesn't entitle you to be addressed as My Lord.
  • The judge asked the doctor if he was sure of his testimony in light of the evidence from the other doctors. "I am quite certain, my lord," said the doctor.
  • "No, my Lord Bishop," said Robin, taking his hat off and bowing politely, "no, my lord, you cannot go yet."

Our Lord

Used as a title for God or Jesus Christ: the resurrection of Our Lord
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  • This website is devoted to Jesus Christ Our Lord because of His infinite Good and Mercy.
  • And Our Lord is stronger than death since He has both raised us from the dead, and will raise us from the graves.
  • It is reasonable to suppose that Our Lord was conceived immediately after this.

Derivatives

lordless

adjective
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  • The result is a lordless, man-centered religion supported by an elaborate biblical system.
  • His retainers, now ronin, lordless samurai, pretend to scatter, some of them appearing to live dissolute lives.
  • While they are ronin they cannot be part of any ‘group’ just as those lordless samurais in the feudal age in Japan.

lord-like

adjective
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  • Cecilia had to hid a smile when she saw Kit straighten his shoulders and take a step forwards in his most lord-like manner.
  • The crow leisurely passed to and fro along the alleys, now lost among the little hollows and hillocks, and now emerging into sight, sometimes at a less, sometimes at a greater distance, but always with a deportment of the most lord-like indifference to the world around him.

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