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noun, plural lords-in-wait·ing.
  1. a nobleman in attendance on a British monarch or the Prince of Wales.
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Origin of lord-in-waiting

First recorded in 1855–60
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for lord-in-waiting

Historical Examples

  • In 1894 he was a lord-in-waiting, and from 1895 to 1900 was governor of Victoria.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4


  • The lord-in-waiting presents you to the King; and the lady-in-waiting does the same to her Majesty.

    Abigail Adams and Her Times

    Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards

  • What should I have known or written had I been a quiet mercantile politician or a lord-in-waiting?

    The Love Affairs of Lord Byron

    Francis Henry Gribble

  • Two small silver bars across his left shoulder showed that he was a lord-in-waiting.

    After London

    Richard Jefferies

  • I really would rather be porter to the House than a lord-in-waiting.