Definitions

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

  • n. A man of high rank in a feudal society or in one that retains feudal forms and institutions, especially:
  • n. A king.
  • n. A territorial magnate.
  • n. The proprietor of a manor.
  • n. The House of Lords.
  • n. Chiefly British The general masculine title of nobility and other rank:
  • n. Chiefly British Used as a form of address for a marquis, an earl, or a viscount.
  • n. Chiefly British Used as the usual style for a baron.
  • n. Chiefly British Used as a courtesy title for a younger son of a duke or marquis.
  • n. Chiefly British Used as a title for certain high officials and dignitaries: Lord Chamberlain; the Lord Mayor of London.
  • n. Chiefly British Used as a title for a bishop.
  • n. God.
  • n. Christianity Jesus.
  • n. A man of renowned power or authority.
  • n. A man who has mastery in a given field or activity.
  • n. Archaic The male head of a household.
  • n. Archaic A husband.
  • intransitive v. To act like a lord; domineer. Often used with the indefinite it: lorded it over their subordinates.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The master of a household.
  • n. A person having formal authority over others, a ruler.
  • n. A person enjoying great respect in a community.
  • n. An aristocrat, a man of high rank in a feudal society or in one that retains feudal forms and institutions.
  • n. An owner, a master.
  • n. A titled nobleman or aristocrat
  • n. An affectionate term for one's boyfriend or husband.
  • n. Alternative form of Lord.
  • v. Domineer or act like a lord.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hump-backed person; -- so called sportively.
  • n. One who has power and authority; a master; a ruler; a governor; a prince; a proprietor, as of a manor.
  • n. A titled nobleman., whether a peer of the realm or not; a bishop, as a member of the House of Lords; by courtesy; the son of a duke or marquis, or the eldest son of an earl; in a restricted sense, a baron, as opposed to noblemen of higher rank.
  • n. A title bestowed on the persons above named; and also, for honor, on certain official persons
  • n. A husband.
  • n. One of whom a fee or estate is held; the male owner of feudal land
  • n. The Supreme Being; Jehovah.
  • n. The Savior; Jesus Christ.
  • intransitive v. To play the lord; to domineer; to rule with arbitrary or despotic sway; -- sometimes with over; and sometimes with it in the manner of a transitive verb.
  • transitive v. To invest with the dignity, power, and privileges of a lord.
  • transitive v. To rule or preside over as a lord.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To raise to the rank of a lord; hence, to treat, address, or acknowledge as lord or master.
  • To rule or preside over as lord.
  • To play the lord; domineer; rule with arbitrary or despotic sway: sometimes followed by over, and sometimes by the indefinite it, with or without over.
  • n. A master or ruler; a man possessing supreme authority or power of control; a monarch, governor, chief, proprietor, or paramount disposer.
  • n. [capitalized] In Scripture, and in general Christian use, the Supreme Being; Jehovah: with the definite article except in address; also applied to Christ, who is called the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord, or our Lord.
  • n. A title of respect formerly given to persons of superior rank or consideration, especially in the phrase of address ‘my lord,’ as to kings and princes, monks or other ecclesiastics, a husband, etc.: still used humorously of a husband with reference to his wife.
  • n. The proprietor of a manor; the grantor under whom feudal tenants held, for whom he was to some extent responsible, and over whom he had authority. The word, with its meaning modified, is retained in the modern term landlord.
  • n. A nobleman; a title of honor in Great Britain given to those who are noble by birth or creation: applied to peers of the realm, of Scotland, and of Ireland, including dukes, marquises, earls, viscounts, and barons.
  • n. An honorary title bestowed in Great Britain on certain official personages, generally as part of a designation.
  • n. One who goes foremost through the harvest with the seythe or the sickle.
  • n. In Great Britain and Ireland, the principal official of a county, who has under him deputy lieutenants, and controls the appointment of justices of the peace and the issue of commissions in the local military organizations. The office was originally created for the defense of the counties in times of disturbance.
  • n. The love-feast or agape, especially in the primitive church, whether accompanying the sacrament or apart from it.
  • n. In astrology, a planet that exercises dominion: thus, the ruler of the sign or the cusp of the first house in a nativity is termed lord of the ascendant or of the geniture. See lord of the ascendant, under ascendant, 1.
  • n. A hunchback.

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

  • n. a person who has general authority over others
  • n. a titled peer of the realm
  • v. make a lord of someone
  • n. terms referring to the Judeo-Christian God

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English hlāford : hlāf, bread + weard, guardian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English lord, loverd, lhoaverd ("lord, master, ruler"), from Old English hlāford, hlāfweard ("lord, master, husband", literally "bread-keeper"), from hlāf ("bread") + weard ("guardian, keeper"). Compare also lady. More at loaf, ward. (Wiktionary)

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