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From Middle English landlord, landlorde, londe lord, from Old English landhlāford, equivalent to land +‎ lord. Cognate with Scots landlaird.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈlænd.lɔːd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈlænd.lɔɹd/
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landlord (plural landlords)

  1. A person that leases real property; a lessor.
    Synonyms: lessor, lease provider, (informal) leaser
    Antonyms: tenant, lessee
    Hyponyms: sublessor, underlessor, sublandlord, underlandlord, subletter, underletter, (informal) subleaser, underleaser
    • 1593, anonymous, The Life and Death of Iacke Straw [], Act I:
      Brethren, brethren, it were better to haue this communitie,
      Then to haue this difference in degrees:
      The landlord his rent, the lawyer his fees.
      So quickly the poore mans ſubſtance is ſpent []
  2. (chiefly Britain) The owner or manager of a public house.
  3. (surfing, slang, with "the") A shark, imagined as the owner of the surf to be avoided.
    • 2004, Drew Kampion, publisher's blurb for Stories from the Surf – The Lost Coast[1]
      : the lurking presence of “The Landlord


  • (person who rents something): lessor
  • (owner or manager of a public house): publican

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