Definition of lord noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//lɔːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɔːrd//
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  1. 1   [countable] (in Britain) a man of high rank in the nobility (= people of high social class), or somebody who has been given the title lord as an honour compare lady
  2. 2   Lord (in Britain) the title used by a lord Lord Beaverbrook
  3. 3 Lord a title used for some high official positions in Britain the Lord Chancellor the Lord Mayor Lord Justice Slade
  4. 4 My Lord (in Britain) a title of respect used when speaking to a judge, bishop or some male members of the nobility (= people of high social class) compare lady
  5. 5a powerful man in medieval Europe, who owned a lot of land and property a feudal lord the lord of the manor see also overlord, warlord
  6. 6(also the Lord) [singular] a title used to refer to God or Christ Love the Lord with all your heart.
  7. 7 Our Lord [singular] a title used to refer to Christ
  8. 8the Lords [singular + singular or plural verb] = House of Lords The Lords has/have not yet reached a decision. compare Commons see also law lord
  9. Word OriginOld English hlāford, from hlāfweard ‘bread-keeper’, from a Germanic base (see loaf (noun), ward). Compare with lady.Extra examples The law lords ruled against the government last year. He was made a peer and took the title Lord Northcliffe. She’s married to a lord. The head of the successful construction group became a lord in 1984.Idioms
    (as) drunk as a lord (British English) (North American English (as) drunk as a skunk)
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    (informal) very drunk
    (good) Lord!, oh Lord! exclamation
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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!
    used to emphasize what you are saying Lord knows, I tried to teach her.
    Lord (only) knows (what, where, why, etc.)…
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    (informal) 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.
    year of grace, year of our Lord
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    (formal) any particular year after the birth of Christ
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lord