American English

Definition of lord noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a powerful man, especially in medieval Europe, who owned a lot of land and property a feudal lord the lord of the manor see also overlord, warlord
  2. 2the Lord [singular] a title used to refer to God or Christ Love the Lord with all your heart.
  3. 3Our Lord [singular] a title used to refer to Christ
  4. 4[countable] (in compounds) a powerful criminal of a particular type gang lords see also drug lord
  5. 5[countable] (in Britain) a man of high rank in the nobility (= people of high social class), or someone who has been given the titlelordas an honor compare lady
  6. 6Lord (in Britain) the title used by a lord Lord Beaverbrook
  7. Idioms
    (good) Lord!, oh Lord!
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    used to show that you are surprised, annoyed, or worried about something Good Lord, what have you done to your hair!
    Lord knows…
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    used to emphasize what you are saying Lord knows, I tried to teach her.
    Lord (only) knows (what, where, why, etc.)… (informal)
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    used to say that you do not know the answer to something “Why did she say that?” “Lord knows!” Some people may find the use of Lord in these expressions offensive.
    take God's/the Lord's name in vain (old-fashioned)
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    to use the words “God,” “Jesus,” etc. in a way that shows a lack of respect
    year of grace, year of our Lord (formal)
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    any particular year after the birth of Christ
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: lord