Lord Law and Legal Definition

Lord means one who has power and authority. For example, a master, a ruler, a governor, a prince. In feudal law it refers to a person who exercises authority from property rights. For example, the male owner of a feudal land, lord of the soil.

Lord is a title of honor or nobility belonging properly to a baron but applied also to anyone who attains the rank of a peer. It is also bestowed on certain official persons such as lord advocate, lord chamberlain, lord chancellor, and lord chief justice.

A property owner whose land is in a tenant's possession is referred to as a landlord.