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laird

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Pronunciation: /lɛːd
 
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Definition of laird in English:

noun

(In Scotland) a person who owns a large estate.
Example sentences
  • The former leader of Scotland's lairds is selling about 500 acres of his Brucklay Estate in countryside west of Peterhead, along with 10 tenant houses, farmland, a lake and the ruins of a castle.
  • The study - the first of its kind for 25 years, found that two thirds of lairds were absentee landowners.
  • The eviction of a Rousay man in the 1880s by the former laird of the Trumland Estate, General Burroughs, has been commemorated by a stone plaque at the entrance to his family's croft.

Origin

late Middle English: Scots form of lord.

Derivatives

lairdship

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noun
Example sentences
  • By the later 1930s, she and Tony were growing apart: he had become the heir to a Scottish lairdship, on the death of his uncle, and wanted more of the country life of big houses, entertaining, and shooting.
  • Then came a career switch to stand-up comedy, TV acting, movie roles and, finally, the lairdship of Candacraig.
  • But it is getting ever harder to take his lairdship seriously.

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