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A man of noble rank or high office, a peer. In the UK, the House of Lords is the chamber of Parliament which until 1999 was composed of hereditary and life peers and bishops; reform of the method of selecting the chamber is currently under way.

Our Lord is a name for Christ, and the Lord's Prayer is the prayer taught by Jesus to his disciples, as recorded in Matthew 6:9–13; the term is a translation of Latin oratio Dominica, and is first recorded in the Book of Common Prayer of 1549.

Lord Mayor's Day 9 November, the day on which the Lord Mayor of London goes in procession with the Aldermen and other city dignitaries to and from Westminster, where he receives from the Lord Chancellor the assent of the Crown to his election. The procession is known as the Lord Mayor's show.

Lord of Hosts God; a title of Jehovah in the Old Testament, sometimes referring to the heavenly hosts, and sometimes to the armies of Israel.

Lord of the Isles a title of the early lords of Argyll as rulers of the Western Isles; the title forfeited in 1493, and was merged in the Crown of Scotland in 1540.

Lord of the Rings in Tolkien's trilogy of that name (1954–5), a title of Sauron, the Dark Lord, referring to the rings of power made for dwarves, elves, and men, and especially to the One Ring which confers magical powers, including invisibility, on its holder.

Lord Protector of the Commonwealth a title of Oliver Cromwell, established in an Act of 1653.


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