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lord

Syllabification: lord
Pronunciation: /lôrd
 
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Definition of lord in English:

noun

1Someone or something having power, authority, or influence; a master or ruler: lord of the sea lords of the jungle our lord the king
More example sentences
  • These lords of capitalism will get off scot-free of criminal charges.
  • The country has sent troops to help the government combat the drug lords, rightist paramilitary forces and rebel insurgents in a 40-year conflict.
  • Most threat studies focus on foreign armed forces, often providing only cursory analyses of terrorists, drug lords, and rogue nations.
Synonyms
magnate, tycoon, mogul, captain, baron, king;
industrialist, proprietor
informal big shot, (head) honcho
derogatory fat cat
1.1(In the UK) a man of noble rank or high office; a peer.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.2 (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
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.3 (the Lords) (In the UK) the House of Lords, or its members collectively.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.4 (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
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.5(In the UK) in compound titles of other people of authority: Lord High Executioner
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.6 historical A feudal superior, especially the proprietor of a manor house.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.7 (Lord) A name for God or Christ: give thanks to the Lord
More example sentences
  • 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, the Almighty, the Creator;
Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Savior, the Son of God, the Redeemer, the Lamb of God, the Prince of Peace, the King of Kings
informal the Man Upstairs

exclamation

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Used in exclamations expressing surprise or worry, or for emphasis: Lord, I’m cold!
More example sentences
  • 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!

verb

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1 [with object] archaic Confer the title of Lord upon.
Example sentences
  • Patronage from the leader of your party would be the way to get lorded.
2 (lord it over) Act in a superior and domineering manner toward (someone).
Example sentences
  • 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, dictate to, domineer, ride roughshod over, pull rank on, tyrannize, have under one's thumb
informal boss around, walk all over, push around
throw one's weight around

Origin

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

More
  • The root meaning of lord was ‘keeper of bread’. Old English from hlafweard, it comes from early forms of loaf and ward. The corresponding female form is lady, in Old English hlafdige ‘kneader of bread’. The Devil has many names, among them Lord of the Flies, the literal meaning of the Hebrew form Beelzebub. In 1954 William Golding published Lord of the Flies in which a group of schoolboys marooned on an uninhabited island revert to savagery and ritualistic behaviour.

Phrases

live like a lord

1
Live sumptuously.
Example sentences
  • 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

2
God as Lord over earthly or heavenly armies.
Example sentences
  • 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

3
The owner of a manor house (formerly the master of a feudal manor).
Example sentences
  • 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

4
historical A person presiding over Christmas games and revelry in a wealthy household.
Example sentences
  • 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.

the Lord's Day

5
Sunday.
Example sentences
  • 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

6
The prayer taught by Jesus to his disciples, beginning “Our Father.”.
Example sentences
  • 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

7
The Eucharist; Holy Communion (especially in Protestant use).
Example sentences
  • 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

8
(In the UK) a polite form of address to judges, bishops, and certain noblemen.
Example sentences
  • 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

9
Christ.
Example sentences
  • 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

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

lordlike

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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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