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1. Archaic Used as a form of address for a lord.
2. Obsolete A lordling.
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) archaic a gentleman; lord: used in the plural as a form of address
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an obsolete word for lordling
[Old English hlāfording, from hlāford lord + -ing3, suffix indicating descent]
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