suitable for a lord, as trappings or ceremonies; grand or magnificent.
insolently imperious; haughty; arrogant; overbearing: lordly contempt.
of or relating to a lord.
having the character or attributes of a lord.
befitting a lord, as actions: lordly manners.
Also lord·li·ly. in the manner of a lord.
- lord·li·ness, noun
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How to use lordly in a sentence
Near here and separated from this palace only by a courtyard stood yet another, a lordlier one, that of Blachern.The Walls of Constantinople | Bernard Granville Baker
She would take her place at table when the lordlier sex had risen from it, satisfied, since she was only a woman.The Tempering | Charles Neville Buck
It at least belongs to the domain of a lordlier, more majestic, more guiding and ordaining art.Ariadne Florentina | John Ruskin
The ruins rose from the dust and took once more a stately shape, even lordlier than before.Orpheus in Mayfair and Other Stories and Sketches | Maurice Baring
This lordlier preparation belonged to the king, his household and nobles.The Fair God | Lew Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for lordly
haughty; arrogant; proud
of or befitting a lord
archaic in the manner of a lord
- lordliness, noun
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