|1.||a person who has power or authority over others, such as a monarch or master|
|2.||a male member of the nobility, esp in Britain|
|3.||Compare lady (in medieval Europe) a feudal superior, esp the master of a manor|
|4.||a husband considered as head of the household (archaic except in the facetious phrase lord and master)|
|5.||astrology a planet having a dominating influence|
|6.||my lord a respectful form of address used to a judge, bishop, or nobleman|
|7.||rare (tr) to make a lord of (a person)|
|8.||to act in a superior manner towards (esp in the phrase lord it over)|
|[Old English hlāford bread keeper; see |
|1.||a title given to God or Jesus Christ|
|a. a title given to men of high birth, specifically to an earl, marquess, baron, or viscount|
|b. a courtesy title given to the younger sons of a duke or marquess|
|c. the ceremonial title of certain high officials or of a bishop or archbishop: Lord Mayor; Lord of Appeal; Law Lord; Lord Bishop of Durham|
|3.||(sometimes not capital) an exclamation of dismay, surprise, etc: Good Lord!; Lord only knows!|
There are various Hebrew and Greek words so rendered. (1.) Heb. Jehovah, has been rendered in the English Bible LORD, printed in small capitals. This is the proper name of the God of the Hebrews. The form "Jehovah" is retained only in Ex. 6:3; Ps. 83:18; Isa. 12:2; 26:4, both in the Authorized and the Revised Version. (2.) Heb. 'adon, means one possessed of absolute control. It denotes a master, as of slaves (Gen. 24:14, 27), or a ruler of his subjects (45:8), or a husband, as lord of his wife (18:12). The old plural form of this Hebrew word is _'adonai_. From a superstitious reverence for the name "Jehovah," the Jews, in reading their Scriptures, whenever that name occurred, always pronounced it _'Adonai_. (3.) Greek kurios, a supreme master, etc. In the LXX. this is invariably used for "Jehovah" and "'Adonai." (4.) Heb. ba'al, a master, as having domination. This word is applied to human relations, as that of husband, to persons skilled in some art or profession, and to heathen deities. "The men of Shechem," literally "the baals of Shechem" (Judg. 9:2, 3). These were the Israelite inhabitants who had reduced the Canaanites to a condition of vassalage (Josh. 16:10; 17:13). (5.) Heb. seren, applied exclusively to the "lords of the Philistines" (Judg. 3:3). The LXX. render it by satrapies. At this period the Philistines were not, as at a later period (1 Sam. 21:10), under a kingly government. (See Josh. 13:3; 1 Sam. 6:18.) There were five such lordships, viz., Gath, Ashdod, Gaza, Ashkelon, and Ekron.
in the British Isles, a general title for a prince or sovereign or for a feudal superior (especially a feudal tenant who holds directly from the king, i.e., a baron). In the United Kingdom the title today denotes a peer of the realm, whether or not he sits in Parliament as a member of the House of Lords. Before the Hanoverian succession, before the use of "prince" became settled practice, royal sons were styled Lord Forename or the Lord Forename.
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