Definition of lud in English:



British m'lud" or "my lud
  • Used to address a judge in a court of law.

    ‘so it is alleged, m'lud’
    • ‘Now in an effort to dispel their relentless anorak image the group has taken to handing out flyers with jokes, m'lud, against lawyers.’
    • ‘But that is moving dangerously close to what we might call the Gilligan defence: some of the details were wrong, m'lud, but it was, in essence, true.’
    • ‘It's the stresses and strains of modern life, m'lud.’
    • ‘For the record, m'lud, the young lady still managed to eat an enormous (almost life-sized) squidgy blue shark jelly-sweetie thing afterwards.’
    • ‘The case for the prosecution rests, m'lud: Marvin is a self-confessed robot.’
    • ‘In the divorce court you claim ‘I was denied sex m'lud.’’
    • ‘And that, m'lud, is my defence for the alleged shoplifting incident occurring in March of 2004.’
    • ‘One-way traffic, m'lud, summed up his driving infraction.’
    • ‘It's an unfair slur on a band who are capable of genius - as evidence I present 1990's Violator, m'lud - but Exciter, their first ‘clean’ album, will do nothing to change people's perception.’
    • ‘The suggestion, m'lud, was that the Ryder Cup celebrations had spilled over to St Andrews, and that Torrance's retreat to Surrey had followed a wild night in the Jigger Inn, the Old Course Hotel, and the St Andrews Bay Hotel.’
    • ‘So, it's my birthday, I'm alone, I'm a little worse for the drink, and inclined to spill my guts to the world and tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth m'lud.’
    • ‘And should that not tickle your fancy - perhaps this will instead - um, yes, I found it looking for pictures of growbags, honest m'lud.’
    • ‘But that, m'lud, is a decision for those we have apparently freed.’
    • ‘It is obvious from the evidence m'lud that this appointment is a strange one.’
    • ‘So, m'lud, can the deep south possibly be as special now as it was three years ago?’
    • ‘And this album has Back To The Old House on it: the jury rests m'lud.’
    • ‘More cider, m'lud, was consumed on the way, and the merry band of brigands even picked up a passenger who was fishing at Fiddown.’
    • ‘May I just explain m'lud that the reason for my client's behaviour was that his wife had died that morning?’
    judge, magistrate, Her Honour, His Honour, Your Honour


Early 18th century alteration of lord.