- (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
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Examples from the Web for lordship
I suppose he would have his Lordship's signing to this letter to be taken as a voucher for him.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Indeed, by some, it was not supposed to be from his Lordship's pen at all.De Libris: Prose and Verse
But—not to print, now—what are you going to do with His Lordship?The Bacillus of Beauty
"That is the very thing of which I complain," said his lordship.
Of course your lordship will know which is the real lord at first sight.
- the position or authority of a lord
- (preceded by Your or His) British 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
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