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old english (anglo-saxon)

A Laird is a member of the gentry. The word Laird, known to have been used as far back as the 15th century and further, is a shortened form of 'laverd', which is an old Scottish word that shares a similar root to an Anglo-Saxon term meaning Lord and the Middle English word 'lard' also meaning Lord; however the terms Lord and Lady have since become words chiefly associated with peerage dignities in Scotland, so the term 'Laird' has come to have a separate meaning.

laird M English