- 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.
Origin of lord
Related Words for lordscommander, liege, aristocrat, captain, prince, nobleman, superior, overlord, baron, sovereign, bishop, potentate, monarch, leader, dad, noble, patrician, ruler, peer, magnate
Examples from the Web for lords
Contemporary Examples of lords
I write the lyrics and work with Murv Douglas from Lords of Acid.Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex
December 27, 2014
William appears to have organized acquiescence by English lords for John, and was duly awarded when he was made Earl of Pembroke.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame
December 9, 2014
A House of Lords spokesman refused to identify which of the boys had fainted.
The three remaining page boys assisted the Queen as she left the Lords after she completed the speech.
He is now a sweet old man, enjoying retirement in the House of Lords.India Row Evokes Cricket’s Ultranationalist Tebbit Test
March 23, 2014
Historical Examples of lords
The Bishops of the House of Lords had not always done their duty.
The usual working force of the House of Lords is from thirty to forty members.
It was sent back then to the lords, and finally passed by them.
In the Peer's gallery were the foremost members of the House of Lords.
In the House of Lords there was also a full attendance of members.
- 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 archbishopLord Mayor; Lord of Appeal; Law Lord; Lord Bishop of Durham
Word Origin for lord
mid-13c., laverd, loverd, from Old English hlaford "master of a household, ruler, superior," also "God" (translating Latin Dominus, though Old English drihten was used more often), earlier hlafweard, literally "one who guards the loaves," from hlaf "bread, loaf" (see loaf (n.)) + weard "keeper, guardian" (see ward (n.)). Cf. lady, and Old English hlafæta "household servant," literally "loaf-eater." Modern monosyllabic form emerged 14c. As an interjection from late 14c. Lord's Prayer is from 1540s. Lord of the Flies translates Beelzebub (q.v.) and was name of 1954 book by William Golding. To drink like a lord is from 1620s.
c.1300, "to exercise lordship," from lord (n.). Meaning "to play the lord, domineer" is late 14c. Related: Lorded; lording. To lord it is from 1570s.
In addition to the idiom beginning with lord
- lord it over
- drunk as a lord