from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A title of no legal validity that is assumed or granted by custom, such as the academic title professor given to any instructor at a college.
- n. In Great Britain, the title that the heir of a high-ranking peer customarily uses, consisting of a secondary title accorded to the peer.
- n. In Great Britain, the prefixes Lord and Lady added to the given names of the younger children of dukes and marquises or the Honourable added to the children of viscounts and barons.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a title assumed by a person, or popularly conceded to him, to which he has no valid claim; as, the courtesy title of Lord prefixed to the names of the younger sons of noblemen.
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