Definition of lordly in English:

lordly

adjective

  • Of, characteristic of, or suitable for a lord.

    ‘lordly titles’
    ‘they were putting on lordly airs’
    • ‘The lordly jet-set singer was on his first tour for five years, playing what he called ‘a civilised alternative to Wembley’.’
    • ‘In general, the burdens were heavier in less economically developed areas and lighter in regions where capitalism had penetrated more fully and where regional customs had curbed lordly rights.’
    • ‘Even these lordly and dismissive gestures clearly cost him something.’
    • ‘And it was a lordly thing to give food to anyone who came.’
    • ‘What on earth is going through his head as he makes his bizarre and lordly pronouncements from the pulpit every year.’
    • ‘The Quakers' peaceable attitude toward the Indians had long ago wrong-footed them not only with the lordly Penn family and its allies but also with many of the common people who settled on the Pennsylvania frontier.’
    • ‘Nobody had been left indifferent to the lordly distinction with which the American had guided his orchestra and the soloists through what will probably make history as one of Levine's finest Mahler performances, ever.’
    • ‘After all, most of us can feel pretty lordly after a day or two in such majestic alpine surroundings.’
    • ‘In 1287 the bishop and the king were suing the townsmen for infringing various traditional lordly rights.’
    • ‘Peasants could be the clients or followers of lords too: they could seek to exploit lordly power, not just resist it or evade it.’
    • ‘Between the lines we can read both the appeal of Tao's model to the lordly classes of the sixth century and concern over the difficulties this appeal might pose to the stability of the elite establishment and the state.’
    • ‘To save his cash increase, he instead bought a two-acre parcel of land in Vancouver Island, near a luxury retirement village, and built himself a castle surrounded by a lordly, spacious, wilderness landscape.’
    • ‘He will be merciless in his lordly demands and his political analysis!’
    • ‘‘Contemplating these remains as exhumed from their resting place for unknown ages, we instinctively think of his great and lordly mastery over the beasts,’ he wrote.’
    • ‘This word reflects the qualities of these conspicuous buildings of the medieval period not simply as the ultimate place of refuge within a fortified complex, but as a proclamation of lordly ambition.’
    • ‘The workers rely on the owner for a fair accounting of wages, and any argument or complaint may result in summary dismissal: banishment from the lordly manor.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, both for the Crown and for its aristocratic vassals, castles remained the real power centres throughout the early Middle Ages, combining the functions of stronghold, lordly residence, and barracks.’
    • ‘Personal ornaments - strap-ends, buckles, brooches, jewellery and the like - suggest that what was true for the lordly classes was true also for the populace as a whole.’
    • ‘Above the hearth was a grand portrait of a tall lordly gentleman with dark wavy hair and gentle clear eyes standing besides a young woman with a sweet, pale complexion and sensitive gray eyes.’
    • ‘It was rumored that the royal family themselves came there to ask forgiveness for sins as well as take their prayers, and many generations of princes and princesses had been crowned to their lordly positions at the altars there.’
    noble, aristocratic, princely, kingly, regal, royal, imperial, courtly, stately
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Origin

Old English hlāfordlic (see lord, -ly).

Pronunciation:

lordly

/ˈlɔːdli/