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Main Entry: 1lord
Pronunciation: primarystresslodot(schwa)rd
Function: noun
Etymology: Old English hlamacrford "lord," literally, "bread keeper," from hlamacrf "loaf of bread" and weard "keeper, guard" --related to LADY, LOAF --see Word History at LADY
1 a : a person who has power and authority; especially : a ruler to whom service and obedience are due b : a person from whom a feudal estate is held
2 capitalized a : GOD 1 b : JESUS
3 : a man of rank or high position: as a : a feudal tenant holding his estate directly from the king b : a British nobleman or a bishop entitled to sit in the House of Lords -- used as a title c plural, capitalized : HOUSE OF LORDS
Word History The word lord comes from the Old English word hlamacrford. This word was formed from the words hlamacrf, meaning "loaf of bread," and weard, meaning "keeper, guard." This "bread keeper," however, actually had no more to do with bread than our modern "breadwinner." The hlamacrford was much more important than his title suggests. He was the head of a great household and had power and authority over many people. The related word lady developed in much the same way.


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