lord·ship / ˈlôrdˌship/ • n. 1. supreme power or rule: his lordship over the other gods. ∎ archaic the authority or state of being a lord. ∎ hist. a piece of land or territory belonging to or under the jurisdiction of a lord: lands including the lordship of Denbigh.2. (His/Your, etc., Lordship) in the UK, a respectful form of reference or address to a judge, a bishop, or a man with a title: if Your Lordship pleases.