Lords spiritual
Lord Lord, n. [OE. lord, laverd, loverd, AS. hl[=a]ford, for hl[=a]fweard, i. e., bread keeper; hl[=a]f bread, loaf + weardian to look after, to take care of, to ward. See {Loaf}, and {Ward} to guard, and cf. {Laird}, {Lady}.] 1. One who has power and authority; a master; a ruler; a governor; a prince; a proprietor, as of a manor. [1913 Webster]

But now I was the lord Of this fair mansion. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Man over men He made not lord. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. 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 baron, as opposed to noblemen of higher rank. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

4. A husband. ``My lord being old also.'' --Gen. xviii. 12. [1913 Webster]

Thou worthy lord Of that unworthy wife that greeteth thee. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. (Feudal Law) 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. [1913 Webster]

6. The Supreme Being; Jehovah. [1913 Webster]

Note: When Lord, in the Old Testament, is printed in small capitals, it is usually equivalent to Jehovah, and might, with more propriety, be so rendered. [1913 Webster]

7. (Christianity) The Savior; Jesus Christ. [1913 Webster]

{House of Lords}, one of the constituent parts of the British Parliament, consisting of the lords spiritual and temporal.

{Lord high chancellor}, {Lord high constable}, etc. See {Chancellor}, {Constable}, etc.

{Lord justice clerk}, the second in rank of the two highest judges of the Supreme Court of Scotland.

{Lord justice general}, or {Lord president}, the highest in rank of the judges of the Supreme Court of Scotland.

{Lord keeper}, an ancient officer of the English crown, who had the custody of the king's great seal, with authority to affix it to public documents. The office is now merged in that of the chancellor.

{Lord lieutenant}, a representative of British royalty: the {lord lieutenant of Ireland} being the representative of royalty there, and exercising supreme administrative authority; the {lord lieutenant of a county} being a deputy to manage its military concerns, and also to nominate to the chancellor the justices of the peace for that county.

{Lord of misrule}, the master of the revels at Christmas in a nobleman's or other great house. --Eng. Cyc.

{Lords spiritual}, the archbishops and bishops who have seats in the House of Lords.

{Lords temporal}, the peers of England; also, sixteen representative peers of Scotland, and twenty-eight representatives of the Irish peerage.

{Our lord}, Jesus Christ; the Savior.

{The Lord's Day}, Sunday; the Christian Sabbath, on which the Lord Jesus rose from the dead.

{The Lord's Prayer}, (Christianity) the prayer which Jesus taught his disciples, also called the {Our Father}. --Matt. vi. 9-13.

{The Lord's Supper}. (a) The paschal supper partaken of by Jesus the night before his crucifixion. (b) The sacrament of the eucharist; the holy communion.

{The Lord's Table}. (a) The altar or table from which the sacrament is dispensed. (b) The sacrament itself. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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