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. They will either hate one and love the other, or 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