Lord Defined

Lord Defined

LORD, n.

  1. A master; a person possessing supreme power and authority; a ruler; a governor.Man over man he made not lord.But now I was the lord of this fair mansion.
  2. A tyrant; an oppressive ruler.
  3. A husband.I oft in bitterness of soul deplores my absent daughter, and my dearer lord.My lord also being old. Gen. 18.
  4.  A baron; the proprietor of a manor; as the lord of the manor.
  5. A nobleman; a title of honor in Great Britain given to those who are noble by birth or creation; a peer of the realm, including dukes, marquises, earls, viscounts and barons. Archbishops and bishops also, as members of the house of lords, are lords of parliament. Thus we say, lords temporal and spiritual. By courtesy also the title is given to the sons of dukes and marquises, and to the eldest sons of earls.
  6. An honorary title bestowed on certain official characters; as lord advocate, lord chamberlain, lord chancellor, lord chief justice, &c.
  7. In scripture, the Supreme Being; Jehovah. When Lord, in the Old Testament, is prints in capitals, it is the translation of JEHOVAH, and so might, with more propriety, be rendered. The word is applied to Christ, Ps. 110. Col. 3. and to the Holy Spirit, 2 Thess. 3. As a title of respect, it is applied to kings, Gen. 40. 2 Sam. 19. to princes and nobles, Gen 42. Dan. 4. to a husband, Gen. 18. to a prophet, 1 Kings 18. 2 Kings 2. and to a respectable person, Gen. 24. Christ is called the Lord of glory, 1 Cor. 2. and Lord of lords, Rev. 19.

Reference: “lord.” Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language. 2013. http://1828.mshaffer.com/d/word/lord (13 November 2013).

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