One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to address or refer to an English nobleman, especially one traveling in Europe.
- ‘‘Thank you, milord.’ she said, bowing her head with gratefulness’
- ‘Well, milord, material like this sells for coppers; to have me turn the shop over to my journeyman and apprentice though, I'd have to charge you as though the cost were measured in silver.’
- ‘I must ask you, milord, do you still have the Excalibur in your possession?’
- ‘They're all hunters, milord, and they were wearing hunting colors so the game wouldn't be likely to see them.’
- ‘That was a great call, milord… at least I think it was.’
- ‘I suggest you take back that slanderous comment milord.’
- ‘I really can't say how sorry I am for what that boy did, I didn't think he would be trouble, milord.’
- ‘I only listen to milord and milord's wife, Queen Emerald.’
- ‘Yet I fear I am new to the city… would you consider guiding myself and Dunstan, milord?’
- ‘I will pay what I can, milord, though I have no money.’
- ‘Unless, milord Dunstan, this is the conclusion to some strange Northern ritual, and you wish to ask me something…?’
- ‘I was not regretful until you called me milady; let us still address each other as Gareth and Lynette… or would you prefer that I call you milord?’
- ‘Sorry, milord, however this is my time to take in the city.’
- ‘So, please, milord, I beg you to help me fulfill his wish.’
- ‘I guess the fight was getting good when I came, I'm sorry milord for interrupting.’
- ‘But milord, why are you going to attack the far castle?’
- ‘I'm afraid if I wake her, milord… she may hurt me.’
- ‘She was found behind the fortress walls, milord.’
- ‘They are trained with the battle tactic that you discovered, milord.’
- ‘Please give us a description of your boat - milord!’
Early 17th century: via French from English my lord; compare with milady.
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