Lord n. A hump-backed person; -- so called sportively. [Eng.]
1. One who has power and authority; a master; a ruler; a governor; a prince; a proprietor, as of a manor.
But now I was the lord
Of this fair mansion. --Shak.
Man over men
He made not lord. --Milton.
2. A titled nobleman., whether a peer of the realm or not; a bishop, as a member of the House of Lords; by courtesy; the son of a duke or marquis, or the eldest son of an earl; in a restricted sense, a baron, as opposed to noblemen of higher rank. [Eng.]
3. A title bestowed on the persons above named; and also, for honor, on certain official persons; as, lord advocate, lord chamberlain, lord chancellor, lord chief justice, etc. [Eng.]
4. A husband. “My lord being old also.”
Thou worthy lord
Of that unworthy wife that greeteth thee. --Shak.
5. Feudal Law One of whom a fee or estate is held; the male owner of feudal land; as, the lord of the soil; the lord of the manor.
6. The Supreme Being; Jehovah.
Note: ☞ When Lord, in the Old Testament, is printed in small capitals, it is usually equivalent to Jehovah, and might, with more propriety, be so rendered.
7. Christianity The Savior; Jesus Christ.
House of Lords, one of the constituent parts of the British Parliament, consisting of the lords spiritual and temporal.
Lord high chancellor, Lord high constable, etc. See Chancellor, Constable, etc.
Lord justice clerk, the second in rank of the two highest judges of the Supreme Court of Scotland.
Lord justice general, or Lord president, the highest in rank of the judges of the Supreme Court of Scotland.
Lord keeper, an ancient officer of the English crown, who had the custody of the king's great seal, with authority to affix it to public documents. The office is now merged in that of the chancellor.
Lord lieutenant, a representative of British royalty: the lord lieutenant of Ireland being the representative of royalty there, and exercising supreme administrative authority; the lord lieutenant of a county being a deputy to manage its military concerns, and also to nominate to the chancellor the justices of the peace for that county.
Lord of misrule, the master of the revels at Christmas in a nobleman's or other great house. --Eng. Cyc.
Lords spiritual, the archbishops and bishops who have seats in the House of Lords.
Lords temporal, the peers of England; also, sixteen representative peers of Scotland, and twenty-eight representatives of the Irish peerage.
Our lord, Jesus Christ; the Savior.
The Lord's Day, Sunday; the Christian Sabbath, on which the Lord Jesus rose from the dead.
The Lord's Prayer, Christianity the prayer which Jesus taught his disciples, also called the Our Father. --Matt. vi. 9-13.
The Lord's Supper. (a) The paschal supper partaken of by Jesus the night before his crucifixion. (b) The sacrament of the eucharist; the holy communion.
The Lord's Table. (a) The altar or table from which the sacrament is dispensed. (b) The sacrament itself.
Lord, v. t.
1. To invest with the dignity, power, and privileges of a lord. [R.]
2. To rule or preside over as a lord. [R.]
Lord, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lorded; p. pr. & vb. n. Lording.] To play the lord; to domineer; to rule with arbitrary or despotic sway; -- sometimes with over; and sometimes with it in the manner of a transitive verb; as, rich students lording it over their classmates.
The whiles she lordeth in licentious bliss. --Spenser.
I see them lording it in London streets. --Shak.
And lorded over them whom now they serve. --Milton.
n 1: terms referring to the Judeo-Christian God [syn: Godhead,
Creator, Maker, Divine, God Almighty, Almighty,
2: a person who has general authority over others [syn: overlord,
3: a titled peer of the realm [syn: noble, nobleman] [ant:
v : make a lord of someone
There are various Hebrew and Greek words so rendered.
(1.) Heb. Jehovah, has been rendered in the English Bible
LORD, printed in small capitals. This is the proper name of the
God of the Hebrews. The form "Jehovah" is retained only in Ex.
6:3; Ps. 83:18; Isa. 12:2; 26:4, both in the Authorized and the
(2.) Heb. 'adon, means one possessed of absolute control. It
denotes a master, as of slaves (Gen. 24:14, 27), or a ruler of
his subjects (45:8), or a husband, as lord of his wife (18:12).
The old plural form of this Hebrew word is _'adonai_. From a
superstitious reverence for the name "Jehovah," the Jews, in
reading their Scriptures, whenever that name occurred, always
pronounced it _'Adonai_.
(3.) Greek kurios, a supreme master, etc. In the LXX. this is
invariably used for "Jehovah" and "'Adonai."
(4.) Heb. ba'al, a master, as having domination. This word is
applied to human relations, as that of husband, to persons
skilled in some art or profession, and to heathen deities. "The
men of Shechem," literally "the baals of Shechem" (Judg. 9:2,
3). These were the Israelite inhabitants who had reduced the
Canaanites to a condition of vassalage (Josh. 16:10; 17:13).
(5.) Heb. seren, applied exclusively to the "lords of the
Philistines" (Judg. 3:3). The LXX. render it by satrapies. At
this period the Philistines were not, as at a later period (1
Sam. 21:10), under a kingly government. (See Josh. 13:3; 1 Sam.
6:18.) There were five such lordships, viz., Gath, Ashdod, Gaza,
Ashkelon, and Ekron.