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Topic: HISTORY

Language: Old English
Origin: hlaford, from hlaf 'bread' + weard 'keeper'

lord

1 noun
     
lord1 S3 W2
1 [countable] also LordPGO a man who has a rank in the aristocracy, especially in Britain, or his title [↪ lady]:
Lord Salisbury
2 [countable]SH a man in medieval Europe who was very powerful and owned a lot of land:
the feudal lords
3

my lord

British English spokenPGO used to address a judge or bishop, and in the past to address a lord
4

somebody's lord and master

someone who must be obeyed because they have power over you - used humorously
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