[laird; Scot. leyrd]
- a landed proprietor.
Origin of laird
1400–50; late Middle English laverd, northern and Scots form of loverd lord
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Examples from the Web for laird
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The undeceiving came at length, and then the Laird Fisher was old and poor.
He used to walk frequently on the moss where the Laird Fisher sunk his shaft.
The Laird Fisher looked from face to face of the people about him.
Only the laird moaned feebly, and reeled like a drunken man.
Old Laird Fisher was trundling a wheelbarrow on the bank of the smelting-house.
- Scot a landowner, esp of a large estate
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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