lordship

[lawrd-ship]

noun

(often initial capital letter) a term of respect used when speaking of or to certain noblemen (usually preceded by his or your).
the state or dignity of a lord.
the authority or power of a lord.
the domain of a lord.
British. (often initial capital letter) a term of respect used when speaking of or to judges (usually preceded by his or your).

Nearby words

  1. lords,
  2. lords spiritual,
  3. lords temporal,
  4. lords, house of,
  5. lords-and-ladies,
  6. lordship of the isles,
  7. lordy,
  8. lore,
  9. lorelei,
  10. loren

Origin of lordship

before 900; Middle English; Old English hlāfordscipe. See lord, -ship

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British Dictionary definitions for lordship

lordship

noun

the position or authority of a lord

Lordship

noun

(preceded by Your or His) British a title used to address or refer to a bishop, a judge of the high court, or any peer except a duke
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Word Origin and History for lordship

lordship

n.

c.1300, from Old English hlafordscipe "authority, rule" (translating Latin dominatio); see lord (n.) + -ship.

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