What does Lordship mean?

Definitions for Lordship
ˈlɔrd ʃɪplord·ship

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Lordshipnoun

    a title used to address any British peer except a duke and extended to a bishop or a judge

    "Your Lordship"; "His Lordship"

  2. lordshipnoun

    the authority of a lord


  1. lordshipnoun

    The state or condition of being a lord; hence (with his or your), a title applied to a lord (except an archbishop or duke, who is called Grace) or a judge (in Great Britain), etc.

  2. lordshipnoun

    Seigniory; domain; the territory over which a lord holds jurisdiction; a manor.

    What lands and lordships for their owner know My quondam barber. -Dryden.

  3. lordshipnoun

    Dominion; power; authority.

    They which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them. -Mark x. 42.

  4. lordshipnoun

    Formal form of address to a judge.

    "May I ask that the order be granted, if your lordship so pleases?"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lordshipnoun

    Etymology: from lord.

    Let me never know that any base affection should get any lordship in your thoughts. Philip Sidney.

    It being set upon such an insensible rising of the ground, it gives the eye lordship over a good large circuit. Philip Sidney.

    They which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles, exercise lordship over them, and their great ones exercise authority upon them. Mark x. 42.

    There is lordship of the fee, wherein the master doth much joy, when he walketh about the line of his own possessions. Henry Wotton, Architecture.

    Needs must the lordship there from virtue slide. Edward Fairfax.

    How can those grants of the kings be avoided, without wronging of those lords which had those lands and lordships given them? Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    What lands and lordships for their owner know
    My quondam barber, but his worship now. Dryden.

    I assure your lordship,
    The extreme horrour of it almost turn’d me
    To air, when first I heard it. Ben Jonson, Cataline.

    I could not answer it to the world, if I gave not your lordship my testimony of being the best husband now living. Dry.


  1. Lordship

    A lordship is a territory held by a lord. It was a landed estate that served as the lowest administrative and judicial unit in rural areas. It originated as a unit under the feudal system during the Middle Ages. In a lordship, the functions of economic and legal management are assigned to a lord, who, at the same time, is not endowed with indispensable rights and duties of the sovereign. Lordship in its essence is clearly different from the fief and, along with the allod, is one of the ways to exercise the right. Nulle terre sans seigneur ("No land without a lord") was a feudal legal maxim; where no other lord can be discovered, the Crown is lord as lord paramount. The principal incidents of a seignory were a feudal oath of homage and fealty; a "quit" or "chief" rent; a "relief" of one year's quit rent, and the right of escheat. In return for these privileges the lord was liable to forfeit his rights if he neglected to protect and defend the tenant or did anything injurious to the feudal relation.Every seignory now existing must have been created before the statute Quia Emptores (1290), which forbade the future creation of estates in fee-simple by subinfeudation. The only seignories of any importance at present are the lordships of manors. They are regarded as incorporeal hereditaments, and are either appendant or in gross. A seignory appendant passes with the grant of the manor; a seignory in gross—that is, a seignory which has been severed from the demesne lands of the manor to which it was originally appendant—must be specially conveyed by deed of grant.Freehold land may be enfranchised by a conveyance of the seignory to the freehold tenant, but it does not extinguish the tenant's right of common (Baring v. Abingdon, 1892, 2 Ch. 374). By s. 3 (ii.) of the Settled Land Act 1882, the tenant for life of a manor is empowered to sell the seignory of any freehold land within the manor, and by s. 21 (v.) the purchase of the seignory of any part of settled land being freehold land, is an authorized application of capital money arising under the act.


  1. lordship

    Lordship is the authority, power or control associated with a lord, typically in a feudal system, where the lord is granted certain rights over a specified area or group of people. It can also refer to the the period during which a person holds the position of a lord or the territory over which the authority of a lord extends. Lordship can further imply the highly respectful form of address denoting respect and reverence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lordshipnoun

    the state or condition of being a lord; hence (with his or your), a title applied to a lord (except an archbishop or duke, who is called Grace) or a judge (in Great Britain), etc

  2. Lordshipnoun

    seigniory; domain; the territory over which a lord holds jurisdiction; a manor

  3. Lordshipnoun

    dominion; power; authority


  1. Lordship

    Lordship is a ward in the London Borough of Hackney and area forms part of the Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency. The ward returns three councillors to Hackney London Borough Council, with elections every four years. At the previous election on 6 May 2010 Bernard Aussenberg, and Labour Party candidates Edward Brown and Daniel Stevens, were returned. Turnout was 62%; with 4,803 votes cast. In 2001, Lordship ward had a total population of 11,288. This compares with the average ward population within the borough of 10,674.

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Lordship' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2810

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Lordship' in Nouns Frequency: #2522

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Lordship in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Lordship in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Lordship in a Sentence

  1. Richard Bethell:

    Take a note of that his Lordship says he will turn it over in what he is pleased to call his mind.

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