noun, plural Lords Temporal.
a member of the House of Lords who is not a member of the clergy.
What is the difference between archaic and obsolete words?
The meaning of these temporal labels can be somewhat different among dictionaries and thesauri. The label archaic is used for words that were once common but are now rare. Archaic implies having the character or characteristics of a much earlier time. Obsolete indicates that a term is no longer in active use, except, for example, in literary quotation. Obsolete may apply to a word regarded as no longer acceptable or useful even though …
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Origin of Lord Temporal
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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the Lords Temporal (in Britain) peers other than bishops in their capacity as members of the House of Lords
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