Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Scots The owner of a landed estate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The owner of a Scottish estate; a landlord

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A lord; a landholder, esp. one who holds land directly of the crown.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Scotland, a landed proprietor; especially, the owner of a hereditary estate; also, rarely, a house-owner; a landlord.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a landowner

Etymologies

Scots, from Middle English lard, variant of lord, owner, master; see lord.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • – the laird is about the house: and I am feared he will make some stramash when he sees ye.

    Kirsteen: The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago

  • I fear me, this man of violence, whom they call the laird, will execute these his threats, which cannot be without both loss and danger to my brother. '

    Redgauntlet

  • I fear me, this man of violence, whom they call the laird, will execute these his threats, which cannot be without both loss and danger to my brother.’

    Redgauntlet

  • But I say that this fellow the laird is a firebrand in the country; that he is stirring up all the honest fellows who should be drinking their brandy quietly, by telling them stories about their ancestors and the Forty-five; and that he is trying to turn all waters into his own mill-dam, and to set his sails to all winds.

    Redgauntlet

  • With such discourse, and the intervening topics of business, the time passed until dinner, Macwheeble meanwhile promising to devise some mode of introducing Edward at the Duchran, where Rose at present resided, without risk of danger or suspicion; which seemed no very easy task, since the laird was a very zealous friend to government.

    Waverley

  • Your laird should be the only man to touch your hair.

    Ransom

  • The laird was a woman, Lady Hallim, a widow with a daughter.

    A Place Called Freedom

  • "Aye, but the laird is the laird," said a more cautious one.

    A Place Called Freedom

  • The laird is a strange body and has not a very good name in these parts, but my son had had businessdealings with him and invited him to stay a couple of nights to finish discussing the details.

    My Bones Will Keep

  • I fancy, that, when he sat at the laird's table, (Sir Walter's,) and called the laird's lady by her baptismal name, and -- not abashed in any presence -- uttered his Gaelic gibes for the wonderment of London guests, -- that he thought far more of himself than the world has ever been inclined to think of him.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864

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  • Minor baron or small landowner (usually Scottish).

    August 25, 2008