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  1. a person who has authority, control, or power over others; a master, chief, or ruler.

  2. a person who exercises authority from property rights; an owner of land, houses, etc.

  1. a person who is a leader or has great influence in a chosen profession: the great lords of banking.

  2. a feudal superior; the proprietor of a manor.

  3. a titled nobleman or peer; a person whose ordinary appellation contains by courtesy the title Lord or some higher title.

  4. Lords, the Lords Spiritual and Lords Temporal comprising the House of Lords

  5. Lord, (in Britain)

    • the title of certain high officials (used with some other title, name, or the like): Lord Mayor of London.

    • the formally polite title of a bishop:Lord Bishop of Durham.

    • the title informally substituted for Marquis, Earl, Viscount, etc., as in the use of Lord Kitchener for Earl Kitchener.

  6. Lord, the Supreme Being; God.

  7. Lord, Christianity. the Savior, Jesus Christ.

  8. Astrology. a planet having dominating influence.

  1. Often Lord . (used in exclamatory phrases to express surprise, elation, etc.): Lord, what a beautiful day!

Idioms about lord

  1. lord it, to assume airs of importance and authority; behave arrogantly or dictatorially; domineer: to lord it over the menial workers.

Origin of lord

First recorded before 900; Middle English lord, lover(e)d, Old English hlāford, hlāfweard literally, “loaf-keeper”; see loaf1, ward;cf. lady

Other words from lord

  • lord·like, adjective

Words Nearby lord

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How to use lord in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lord (1 of 2)


/ (lɔːd) /

  1. a person who has power or authority over others, such as a monarch or master

  2. a male member of the nobility, esp in Britain

  1. (in medieval Europe) a feudal superior, esp the master of a manor: Compare lady (def. 5)

  2. a husband considered as head of the household (archaic except in the facetious phrase lord and master)

  3. astrology a planet having a dominating influence

  4. my lord a respectful form of address used to a judge, bishop, or nobleman

  1. (tr) rare to make a lord of (a person)

  2. to act in a superior manner towards (esp in the phrase lord it over)

Origin of lord

Old English hlāford bread keeper; see loaf 1, ward

Derived forms of lord

  • lordless, adjective
  • lordlike, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for Lord (2 of 2)


/ (lɔːd) /

  1. a title given to God or Jesus Christ

  2. British

    • a title given to men of high birth, specifically to an earl, marquess, baron, or viscount

    • a courtesy title given to the younger sons of a duke or marquess

    • the ceremonial title of certain high officials or of a bishop or archbishop: Lord Mayor; Lord of Appeal; Law Lord; Lord Bishop of Durham

  1. (sometimes not capital) an exclamation of dismay, surprise, etc: Good Lord!; Lord only knows!

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Other Idioms and Phrases with lord


In addition to the idiom beginning with lord

  • lord it over

also see:

  • drunk as a lord

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