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laird

[laird; Scot. leyrd] /lɛərd; Scot. leɪrd/
noun, Scot.
1.
a landed proprietor.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English laverd, northern and Scots form of loverd lord
Related forms
lairdly, adjective
lairdship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for laird

laird

/lɛəd; Scottish lerd/
noun
1.
(Scot) a landowner, esp of a large estate
Word Origin
C15: Scottish variant of lord
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Word Origin and History for laird
n.

mid-15c. (mid-13c. as a surname), Scottish and northern England dialectal variant of lord, from Middle English laverd (see lord). Related: Lairdship.

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