lord

[lawrd]
noun
1.
a person who has authority, control, or power over others; a master, chief, or ruler.
2.
a person who exercises authority from property rights; an owner of land, houses, etc.
3.
a person who is a leader or has great influence in a chosen profession: the great lords of banking.
4.
a feudal superior; the proprietor of a manor.
5.
a titled nobleman or peer; a person whose ordinary appellation contains by courtesy the title Lord or some higher title.
6.
Lords, the Lords Spiritual and Lords Temporal comprising the House of Lords.
7.
(initial capital letter)
a.
the title of certain high officials (used with some other title, name, or the like): Lord Mayor of London.
b.
the formally polite title of a bishop: Lord Bishop of Durham.
c.
the title informally substituted for marquis, earl, viscount, etc., as in the use of Lord Kitchener for Earl Kitchener.
8.
(initial capital letter) the Supreme Being; God; jehovah.
9.
(initial capital letter) the Savior, Jesus Christ.
10.
Astrology. a planet having dominating influence.
interjection
11.
(often initial capital letter) (used in exclamatory phrases to express surprise, elation, etc.): Lord, what a beautiful day!
Idioms
12.
lord it, to assume airs of importance and authority; behave arrogantly or dictatorially; domineer: to lord it over the menial workers.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English lord, loverd, Old English hlāford, hlāfweard literally, loaf-keeper. See loaf1, ward

lordlike, adjective
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lord (lɔːd)
 
n
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
 
vb
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 loaf1, ward]
 
'lordless
 
adj
 
'lordlike
 
adj

Lord (lɔːd)
 
n
1.  a title given to God or Jesus Christ
2.  (Brit)
 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
 
interj
3.  (sometimes not capital) an exclamation of dismay, surprise, etc: Good Lord!; Lord only knows!

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Word Origin & History

lord
M.E. laverd, loverd (13c.), from O.E. hlaford "master of a household, ruler, superior," also "God" (translating L. Dominus, though O.E. drihten was used more often), earlier hlafweard, lit. "one who guards the loaves," from hlaf "bread, loaf" + weard "keeper, guardian, ward." Cf.
lady, and O.E. hlafæta "household servant," lit. "loaf-eater." Modern monosyllabic form emerged 14c. The verb meaning "to play the lord, domineer" is from late 14c.; to lord it is from 1570s. Interjection Lordy first attested 1853, Amer.Eng. Lord of the Flies translates Beelzebub (q.v.) and was name of 1954 book by William Golding.
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Lord definition


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.

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Idioms & Phrases

lord

In addition to the idiom beginning with lord, also see drunk as a lord.

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lord

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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Example sentences
Much depends on how the new breed of lord is elected.
During opposition, the lord of the rings rises in the east at sunset and sets
  in the west at sunrise.
The word of the lord is in our heart and is our soul.
Lord knows what travelers in then olden-days found to fill their huge trunks.
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