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).

Origin of lordship

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

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

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