• (British) IPA: /ˈlɔːd.ʃɪp/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈlɔɹd.ʃɪp/


  1. The state or condition of being a lord.
    • 2004, Alice Sheppard, Families of the King: Writing Identity in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, page 27
      For example, we know that Alfred did connect land tenure with lordship and that he was particularly interested in questions of military service […]
    • 2011, Daniel Frankforter, Word of God - Words of Men: The Use and Abuse of Scripture, page 93
      Lordship entails both privilege and responsibility. Lords have power over their subjects, but that power is granted them so that they can protect and provide for others.
  2. (hence, with "his" or "your", often capitalised) Title applied to a lord, bishop, judge, or another man with a title.
    May I ask that the order be granted, if your lordship so pleases?
    • 1946, Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan
      'He's had his bath,' she said. 'He's just had his bath, bless his little lordship's heart.'
  3. (humorous, with "his" or "your") A boy or man who is behaving in a seigneurial manner or acting like a lord, behaving in a bossy manner or lording it up
  4. Seigniory; domain; the territory over which a lord holds jurisdiction; a manor.
    • ca. 1690, John Dryden (translator), Juvenal (author), The Tenth Satire of Juvenal:
      What lands and lordships for their owner know / My quondam barber, but his worship now.
    • 1832, John Burke, A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire, volume I, page 425
      […] for whose ransom he compelled Lord Percy to build the castle of Punnoon, in the lordship of Eaglesham.
  5. Dominion; power; authority.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Mark 10:42 ↗:
      But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
  • French: Monsieur, le Seigneur
  • German: der Herr
  • Italian: il Signore
  • Portuguese: o Senhor
  • Russian: све́тлость
  • Spanish: el Señor, señoría

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