lordship

[lawrd-ship]
noun
  1. (often initial capital letter) a term of respect used when speaking of or to certain noblemen (usually preceded by his or your).
  2. the state or dignity of a lord.
  3. the authority or power of a lord.
  4. the domain of a lord.
  5. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for his-lordship

lordship

noun
  1. the position or authority of a lord

Lordship

noun
  1. (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 his-lordship

lordship

n.

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

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