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[laird; Scot. leyrd] /lɛərd; Scot. leɪrd/
noun, Scot.
a landed proprietor.
Origin of laird
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English laverd, northern and Scots form of loverd lord
Related forms
lairdly, adjective
lairdship, noun Unabridged
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  • What said your landlord, the laird of Saint Ronan's, to all this?

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • He used to walk frequently on the moss where the laird Fisher sunk his shaft.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • He was the cleverest man I ever knew, and the best—except Taffy and the laird and your dear son!

    Trilby George Du Maurier
  • Frightened out of his wits, the laird was only too glad to comply.

  • “You would be much more foolish throwing it backwards and forwards and not catching anything,” remarked the laird.

    Norman Vallery W.H.G. Kingston
  • The laird's lady continued to behave to her in the most supercilious fashion.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for laird


/lɛəd; Scottish lerd/
(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

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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