What does LORD mean?

Definitions for LORD

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Godhead, Lord, Creator, Maker, Divine, God Almighty, Almighty, Jehovahnoun

    terms referring to the Judeo-Christian God

  2. overlord, master, lordnoun

    a person who has general authority over others

  3. Lord, noble, noblemanverb

    a titled peer of the realm

  4. lordverb

    make a lord of someone


  1. lordnoun

    The master of a household.

  2. lordnoun

    A person having formal authority over others, a ruler.

  3. lordnoun

    A person enjoying great respect in a community.

  4. lordnoun

    An aristocrat, a man of high rank in a feudal society or in one that retains feudal forms and institutions.

  5. lordnoun

    An owner, a master.

  6. lordnoun

    A titled nobleman or aristocrat

  7. lordnoun

    An affectionate term for one's boyfriend or husband.

  8. lordverb

    Domineer or act like a lord.

  9. Lordnoun

    A British aristocratic title used as a form of address for a marquess, earl or viscount; the usual style for a baron; a courtesy title for a younger son of a duke or marquess

  10. Lordnoun

    The rendering of comparable (especially feudal) aristocratic ranks elsewhere (e.g. marquis, count)

  11. Lordnoun

    A title for certain high officials and dignitaries such as Lord Mayor; a title for a British Anglican (arch)bishop whose see entitled to a seat in the House of Lords

  12. Lordnoun

    Elected president of a festival.

  13. Lordnoun

    A high priest

  14. Lordnoun

    (used absolutely in monotheism: the Lord) God

  15. Lordnoun

    (especially in Our Lord) Jesus Christ

  16. Lordnoun

    The Horned God.

  17. Lordnoun

    The House of Lords.

  18. Etymology: From lord, loverd, lhoaverd, from hlaford, hlafweard, from hlaf + weard. Compare also lady. More at loaf, ward.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LORDnoun

    Etymology: hlaford , Saxon.

    Man over man
    He made not lord. John Milton.

    Of Athens he was lord. John Dryden, Knight’s Tale.

    We have our author’s only arguments to prove, that heirs are lords over their brethren. John Locke.

    They call’d their lord Actæon to the game,
    He shook his head in answer to the name. Addison.

    O’er love, o’er fear, extends his wide domain,
    Unconquer’d lord of pleasure and of pain. Va. of hu. Wishes.

    But now I was the lord
    Of this fair mansion, master of my servants,
    Queen o’er myself; and even now, but now,
    This house, these servants, and this same myself
    Are yours, my lord. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Now being assembled into one company, rather without a lord than at liberty to accomplish their misery, they fall to division. John Hayward.

    ’Tis death to fight, but kingly to controul
    Lord-like at ease, with arbitrary pow’r,
    To peel the chiefs, the people to devour. Dryden.

    I oft in bitterness of soul deplor’d
    My absent daughter, and my dearer lord. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    Grant harvest lord more by a peny or two,
    To call on his fellows the better to doo. Thomas Tusser, Husb.

    Thou art a lord, and nothing but a lord. William Shakespeare.

    Nor were the crimes objected against him so clear, as to give convincing satisfaction to the major part of both houses, especially that of the lords. Charles I .

  2. To Lordverb

    To domineer; to rule despotically.

    Unrighteous lord of love! what law is this,
    That me thou makest thus tormented be?
    The whiles she lordeth in licentious bliss
    Of her free will, scorning both thee and me. Edmund Spenser.

    I see them lording it in London streets. William Shakespeare.

    Those huge tracts of ground they lorded over begat wealth, wealth ushered in pride. James Howell, Vocal Forest.

    They had by this possess’d the tow’rs of Gath,
    And lorded over them whom now they serve. John Milton, Ag.

    I should choose rather to be tumbled into the dust in blood, bearing witness to any known truth of our lord, than by a denial of truths, through blood and perjury, wade to a sceptre, and lord it in a throne. Robert South, Sermons.

    But if thy passions lord it in thy breast,
    Art thou not still a slave? John Dryden, Persius.

    The valour of one man th’ afflicted throne
    Imperial, that once lorded o’er the world,
    Sustain’d. Philips.

    The civilizers! the disturbers say,
    The robbers, the corrupters of mankind!
    Proud vagabonds! who make the world your home,
    And lord it where you have no right. Ambrose Philips, Briton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lordnoun

    a hump-backed person; -- so called sportively

  2. Lordnoun

    one who has power and authority; a master; a ruler; a governor; a prince; a proprietor, as of a manor

  3. Lordnoun

    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 boron, as opposed to noblemen of higher rank

  4. Lordnoun

    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

  5. Lordnoun

    a husband

  6. Lordnoun

    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

  7. Lordnoun

    the Supreme Being; Jehovah

  8. Lordnoun

    the Savior; Jesus Christ

  9. Lordverb

    to invest with the dignity, power, and privileges of a lord

  10. Lordverb

    to rule or preside over as a lord

  11. Lordverb

    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

  12. Etymology: [OE. lord, laverd, loverd, AS. hlford, for hlfweard, i. e., bread keeper; hlf bread, loaf + weardian to look after, to take care of, to ward. See Loaf, and Ward to guard, and cf. Laird, Lady.]


  1. Lord

    Lord is a deferential appellation for a person or deity who has authority, control, or power over others; a master, chief, or ruler. In only a few cases is "lord" a substantive title in itself, most commonly that of the Lord of the Manor and certain vestigial titles from the age of feudalism such as Lord of Mann, in other cases it is a generic term applied, for example, to persons who hold a title of the peerage or persons entitled to courtesy titles, or to refer to a group or body of peers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lord

    lawrd, n. a master: a superior: a husband: a ruler: the proprietor of a manor: a baron: a peer of the realm: the son of a duke or marquis, or the eldest son of an earl: a bishop, esp. if a member of parliament: (B.) the Supreme Being, Jehovah (when printed in capitals): a name also applied to Christ.—v.t. to raise to the peerage.—v.i. to act the lord: to tyrannise.—ns. Lord′liness; Lord′ling, a little lord: a would-be lord—also Lord′ing, Lord′kin.—adj. Lord′ly, like, becoming, or pertaining to a lord: dignified: haughty: tyrannical—also adv.ns. Lordol′atry, excessive worship of nobility; Lords′-and-lā′dies, a popular name for the common arum (q.v.); Lord's′-day, the first day of the week; Lord′ship, state or condition of being a lord: the territory belonging to a lord: dominion: authority; Lord's′-sup′per, the sacrament of the communion, instituted at our Lord's last supper.—Lord-lieutenant of a county (see Lieutenant); Lord-lieutenant Of Ireland, a viceroy or deputy of the sovereign to whom the government of Ireland is nominally committed; Lord of misrule (see Misrule); Lords of Session, the judges of the Scotch Court of Session; Lords Ordinary, the five judges forming the outer house of the Court of Session; Lords spiritual, the archbishops and bishops in the House of Lords—opp. to Lords temporal, the peers proper.—House of Lords, the upper house in the two branches of the British parliament, consisting of the lords spiritual and temporal. [M. E. loverd, laverd—A.S. hláfordhláf, a loaf, bread, weard, warder.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LORD

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lord is ranked #1535 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Lord surname appeared 23,405 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 8 would have the surname Lord.

    88.1% or 20,641 total occurrences were White.
    5.3% or 1,255 total occurrences were Black.
    3% or 721 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 440 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 215 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 133 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LORD' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #702

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LORD' in Written Corpus Frequency: #627

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LORD' in Nouns Frequency: #245

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of LORD in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of LORD in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of LORD in a Sentence

  1. Charles Haddon Spurgeon:

    The Lord gets His best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.

  2. Horace:

    Who then is free? The one who wisely is lord of themselves, who neither poverty, death or captivity terrify, who is strong to resist his appetites and shun honors, and is complete in themselves smooth and round like a globe.

  3. Wesley D'Amico:

    O Lord Jesus, thank you for carrying my cross.”

  4. AiR:

    God is not Someone You can See with Your Eyes God is not on the Earth or in the Skies Those Who Realize God are Conscious of God In everything they see they can feel the Lord!

  5. Jesus Christ:

    It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    • A. articulate
    • B. proprietary
    • C. defiant
    • D. soft-witted

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