Definition of lordly in English:

lordly

adjective

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

    ‘lordly titles’
    ‘they were putting on lordly airs’
    • ‘He will be merciless in his lordly demands and his political analysis!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘After all, most of us can feel pretty lordly after a day or two in such majestic alpine surroundings.’
    • ‘Peasants could be the clients or followers of lords too: they could seek to exploit lordly power, not just resist it or evade it.’
    • ‘And it was a lordly thing to give food to anyone who came.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1287 the bishop and the king were suing the townsmen for infringing various traditional lordly rights.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The lordly jet-set singer was on his first tour for five years, playing what he called ‘a civilised alternative to Wembley’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What on earth is going through his head as he makes his bizarre and lordly pronouncements from the pulpit every year.’
    • ‘Even these lordly and dismissive gestures clearly cost him something.’
    • ‘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.’
    noble, aristocratic, princely, kingly, regal, royal, imperial, courtly, stately
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Origin

Old English hlāfordlic (see lord, -ly).

Pronunciation

lordly

/ˈlôrdlē/