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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Landlord

 

Russian, lendlord), in medieval England a largescale feudal landowner, a lord. With the growth of the capitalist agrarian system, the landlord has become a large-scale capitalist landowner in Great Britain, the recipient of capitalist ground rent.

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References in classic literature ?
To all these questions the landlord could return no satisfactory reply, despite his floundering endeavours.
Mr Codlin followed with a willing mind, and soon found that the landlord had not commended his preparations without good reason.
The landlord made a strong effort, and at length replied,
Starting up, the landlord cried, That's the Grampus's crew.
"Come, come," said the landlord; "let the cow alone.
The landlord told all the people who were in the inn about the craze of his guest, the watching of the armour, and the dubbing ceremony he contemplated.
In this controversy the whole company spoke together, and every man seemed wholly bent to extenuate the sum which fell to his share; so that the most probable conclusion which could be foreseen was, that a large portion of the reckoning would fall to the landlord's share to pay, or (what is much the same thing) would remain unpaid.
"Ay, he comes back," said the landlord, "to his great friends, now and again, and gives the cold shoulder to the man that made him."
I confess I did not in the least understand what Rouletabille meant by what he had said; but the landlord, as soon as he heard the words, uttered an oath, which he at once stifled, and placed himself at our orders as obediently as Monsieur Robert Darzac had done, when he heard Rouletabille's prophetic sentence--"The presbytery has lost nothing of its charm, nor the garden its brightness." Certainly my friend knew how to make people understand him by the use of wholly incomprehensible phrases.
Excepting the case of supper, which could be easily provided, the landlord had no choice but to disappoint both his guests.
The evening with which we have to do, was neither a summer nor an autumn one, but the twilight of a day in March, when the wind howled dismally among the bare branches of the trees, and rumbling in the wide chimneys and driving the rain against the windows of the Maypole Inn, gave such of its frequenters as chanced to be there at the moment an undeniable reason for prolonging their stay, and caused the landlord to prophesy that the night would certainly clear at eleven o'clock precisely,--which by a remarkable coincidence was the hour at which he always closed his house.
"Ho, landlord! Bring my friend another pot of the same.