[ laird; Scot. leyrd ]
/ lɛərd; Scot. leɪrd /

noun Scot.

a landed proprietor.

Origin of laird

1400–50; late Middle English laverd, northern and Scots form of loverd lord
Related formslaird·ly, adjectivelaird·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for laird


/ (lɛəd, Scottish lerd) /


Scot a landowner, esp of a large estate

Word Origin for laird

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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