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[lawrd-ship] /ˈlɔrd ʃɪp/
(often initial capital letter) a term of respect used when speaking of or to certain noblemen (usually preceded by his or your).
the state or dignity of a lord.
the authority or power of a lord.
the domain of a lord.
British. (often initial capital letter) a term of respect used when speaking of or to judges (usually preceded by his or your).
Origin of lordship
before 900; Middle English; Old English hlāfordscipe. See lord, -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Your lordship well knows what obligations Virgil had to the latter of them.

  • Did not your lordship tell her of the honours you designed me?

  • But I did think that his lordship, the present earl, would have been above it.

    The Smuggler's Cave George A. Birmingham
  • You may be sure that your lordship's recommendation shall have due weight with me.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • You must speak to his lordship, and it is not to be supposed that he will refuse.'

    The Castle Inn Stanley John Weyman
  • And witness explained to his lordship the composition of the picture.

    The Gentle Art of Making Enemies James McNeill Whistler
  • But his lordship was dead, though they knew it not; and with him died all hopes of continuing the enterprise.

    The Popham Colony William Frederick Poole
  • His lordship evidently had his head in a hole, or might have bitten me.

    Reminiscences of Queensland William Henry Corfield
  • Arriving there, a burly footman told him that His lordship was not at home.

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
  • But heartless,” said his lordship pathetically; “she hasn't one bit of heart.

    Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
British Dictionary definitions for lordship


the position or authority of a lord


(Brit) preceded by Your or His. a title used to address or refer to a bishop, a judge of the high court, or any peer except a duke
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Word Origin and History for lordship

c.1300, from Old English hlafordscipe "authority, rule" (translating Latin dominatio); see lord (n.) + -ship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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