[ lawrd ]
/ lɔrd /



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


    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 forms

lord·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lords (1 of 3)


/ (lɔːdz) /


the Lords short for House of Lords

British Dictionary definitions for lords (2 of 3)


/ (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!

British Dictionary definitions for lords (3 of 3)


/ (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 Forms

lordless, adjectivelordlike, adjective

Word Origin for lord

Old English hlāford bread keeper; see loaf 1, ward
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Idioms and Phrases with lords


In addition to the idiom beginning with lord

  • lord it over

also see:

  • drunk as a lord
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