from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A peer in the British Parliament who holds or has held high judicial office, or has been distinguished in the legal profession.
  • n. A judge of the Court of Session, the supreme court of Scotland.


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  • Rumor further whispereth that she had a finger in 'Albert Lunel,' one of the eccentricities of an eccentric law-lord, which was hurriedly suppressed, one knows not why; in the _Edinburgh Review_ she wrote a paper on

    International Miscellany of Literature, Art and Science, Vol. 1, No. 3, Oct. 1, 1850

  • "Ugh!" groaned the Westminster Oxford law-lord, softening his reproof by an allusion to his Scotch nationality, "Curators, Mr. Crosby, Curators: I wish _our_ countrymen would pay a little more attention to prosody."

    A Book About Lawyers

  • Piracy and war gave place to trade, politics, and letters; the war-lord to the law-lord; the law-lord to the merchant and the mill-owner; but the privilege was kept, whilst the means of obtaining it were changed.

    English Traits (1856)

  • Lord Bingham, the senior law-lord said to the British Institute of International and Comparative Law that drones were like landmines and cluster bombs, that they could be so "cruel as to be beyond the pale of human tolerance".


  • In Britain, one law-lord - a legal guardian in the arcane legal bureaucracy here -- didn't much like the sound of drones.


  • Laurence-kirk, -- the thriving village which it was the special ambition of this law-lord of the last century to create; and which, did it produce only its famed snuff-boxes, with the invisible hinges, would be rather a more valuable boon to the country than that secured to it by those law-lords of our own days, who at one fell blow disestablished the national religion of Scotland, and broke off the only handle by which their friends the politicians could hope to _manage_ the country's old vigorous Presbyterianism.

    The Cruise of the Betsey or, A Summer Ramble Among the Fossiliferous Deposits of the Hebrides. With Rambles of a Geologist or, Ten Thousand Miles Over the Fossiliferous Deposits of Scotland


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