[laird; Scot. leyrd]
noun Scot.
a landed proprietor.

1400–50; late Middle English laverd, northern and Scots form of loverd lord

lairdly, adjective
lairdship, noun Unabridged
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laird (lɛəd, Scottish lerd)
(Scot) a landowner, esp of a large estate
[C15: Scottish variant of lord]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., Scottish and northern England dialectal variant of lord, from M.E. laverd (see lord). Attested as a surname from 1257.
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