Definition of lud in English:



m'lud" or "my lud
  • Used to address a judge in a court of law.

    ‘so it is alleged, m'lud’
    • ‘And that, m'lud, is my defence for the alleged shoplifting incident occurring in March of 2004.’
    • ‘It's an unfair slur on a band who are capable of genius - as evidence I present 1990's Violator, m'lud - but Exciter, their first ‘clean’ album, will do nothing to change people's perception.’
    • ‘The suggestion, m'lud, was that the Ryder Cup celebrations had spilled over to St Andrews, and that Torrance's retreat to Surrey had followed a wild night in the Jigger Inn, the Old Course Hotel, and the St Andrews Bay Hotel.’
    • ‘And should that not tickle your fancy - perhaps this will instead - um, yes, I found it looking for pictures of growbags, honest m'lud.’
    • ‘More cider, m'lud, was consumed on the way, and the merry band of brigands even picked up a passenger who was fishing at Fiddown.’
    • ‘Now in an effort to dispel their relentless anorak image the group has taken to handing out flyers with jokes, m'lud, against lawyers.’
    • ‘It's the stresses and strains of modern life, m'lud.’
    • ‘It is obvious from the evidence m'lud that this appointment is a strange one.’
    • ‘But that is moving dangerously close to what we might call the Gilligan defence: some of the details were wrong, m'lud, but it was, in essence, true.’
    • ‘For the record, m'lud, the young lady still managed to eat an enormous (almost life-sized) squidgy blue shark jelly-sweetie thing afterwards.’
    • ‘One-way traffic, m'lud, summed up his driving infraction.’
    • ‘In the divorce court you claim ‘I was denied sex m'lud.’’
    • ‘But that, m'lud, is a decision for those we have apparently freed.’
    • ‘And this album has Back To The Old House on it: the jury rests m'lud.’
    • ‘The case for the prosecution rests, m'lud: Marvin is a self-confessed robot.’
    • ‘So, it's my birthday, I'm alone, I'm a little worse for the drink, and inclined to spill my guts to the world and tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth m'lud.’
    • ‘So, m'lud, can the deep south possibly be as special now as it was three years ago?’
    • ‘May I just explain m'lud that the reason for my client's behaviour was that his wife had died that morning?’
    judge, magistrate, her honour, his honour, your honour
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Early 18th century: alteration of lord.