hlaford

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From earlier hlāfweard, from hlāf +‎ weard. See also hlǣfdīġe.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈxlɑː.ford/, [ˈl̥ɑː.vorˠd]

Noun[edit]

hlāford m (nominative plural hlāfordas)

  1. lord, master of servants or slaves
    • c. 990, Wessex Gospels, Matthew 6:24
      Ne mæġ nān mann twām hlāfordum þēowian: oþþe hē sōðlīċe ǣnne hataþ and ōðerne lufaþ, oþþe hē biþ ānum ġehīersum and ōðrum unġehīersum. Ne magon ġē Gode þēowian and weoroldwelan.
      No one can serve two masters: either you'll hate one and love the other, or you'll obey one and disobey the other. You can't serve God and money.
  2. male head of a household

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Descendants[edit]

  • Middle English: lhoaverd, louerd, lord
  • → Old Norse: lávarði