[ lawrd ]
/ lɔrd /



(often initial capital letter) (used in exclamatory phrases to express surprise, elation, etc.): Lord, what a beautiful day!

Nearby words

  1. loral,
  2. loran,
  3. lorazepam,
  4. lorca,
  5. lorca, federico garcía,
  6. lord advocate,
  7. lord baltimore cake,
  8. lord chamberlain,
  9. lord chancellor,
  10. lord chief justice


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

Origin of lord

before 900; Middle English lord, loverd, Old English hlāford, hlāfweard literally, loaf-keeper. See loaf1, ward

Related formslord·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for lord


/ (lɔːd) /



(tr) rare to make a lord of (a person)
to act in a superior manner towards (esp in the phrase lord it over)
Derived Formslordless, adjectivelordlike, adjective

Word Origin for lord

Old English hlāford bread keeper; see loaf 1, ward


/ (lɔːd) /


a title given to God or Jesus Christ
  1. a title given to men of high birth, specifically to an earl, marquess, baron, or viscount
  2. a courtesy title given to the younger sons of a duke or marquess
  3. the ceremonial title of certain high officials or of a bishop or archbishopLord Mayor; Lord of Appeal; Law Lord; Lord Bishop of Durham


(sometimes not capital) an exclamation of dismay, surprise, etcGood Lord!; Lord only knows!
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Word Origin and History for lord
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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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