- lord [lôrd]n.[ME < OE hlaford < earlier hlafweard < hlaf (see LOAF1) + weard (see WARD): basic sense—“loaf keeper” (i.e., one who feeds dependents): some senses infl. by use as transl. of L dominus]1. a person having great power and authority; ruler; master2. the owner and head of a feudal estate3. one's husband: now humorous4. [L-]a) God: with the except in direct addressb) Jesus Christ: often with Our5. in Great Britain6.a) a nobleman holding the rank of baron, viscount, earl, or marquess; member of the House of Lordsb) a man who by courtesy or because of his office is given the title of Lord, as a bishop, a younger son of a duke or marquess, or a Lord Mayor7. [L-] in Great Britain, the title of a lord, variously used: as Earl of Leicester, John Doe would be called Lord Leicester; as a baron, John, Lord Doe; as a younger son of a marquess or duke, Lord John Doe8. [L-] this title as a form of address for a judge, bishop, or nobleman: preceded by Myinterj.[often L-] used to express surprise or irritationvi.to act like a lord; rule: chiefly in the phrase lord it (over), to act in an overbearing, dictatorial manner (toward)vt.Now Rare to make a lord ofto make a lord of——————the Lordsthe House of Lords in the British Parliament
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.