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laird

[laird; Scot. leyrd]
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noun Scot.
  1. a landed proprietor.
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Origin of laird

1400–50; late Middle English laverd, northern and Scots form of loverd lord
Related formslaird·ly, adjectivelaird·ship, noun
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  • He used to walk frequently on the moss where the Laird Fisher sunk his shaft.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • Only the laird moaned feebly, and reeled like a drunken man.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • The undeceiving came at length, and then the Laird Fisher was old and poor.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • The Laird Fisher looked from face to face of the people about him.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • Old Laird Fisher was trundling a wheelbarrow on the bank of the smelting-house.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for laird

laird

noun
  1. Scot a landowner, esp of a large estate
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Word Origin

C15: Scottish variant of lord
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Word Origin and History for laird

n.

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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