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[oh-ver-lawrd] /ˈoʊ vərˌlɔrd/
a person who is lord over another or over other lords:
to obey the will of one's sovereign and overlord.
a person of great influence, authority, power, or the like:
the overlords of industry.
verb (used with object)
to rule or govern arbitrarily or tyrannically; domineer.
Origin of overlord
Middle English word dating back to 1150-1200; See origin at over-, lord
Related forms
overlordship, noun Unabridged
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  • Ramiro del' Orca is a traitor who is plotting the death of his overlord.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • Man is becoming the overlord of the mineral, vegetable and animal kingdoms.

    Dreams Henri Bergson
  • Now, and for the first time, I knew the sea, and the men who overlord the sea.

  • That is, not the overlord himself, but the gentlefolks that were with the overlord.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • He retired to a neighbouring village and became the overlord of the district.

    The Empire of the East H. B. Montgomery
  • But Lund was their overlord, their better, and they knew it.

    A Man to His Mate J. Allan Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for overlord


a supreme lord or master
Derived Forms
overlordship, noun
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Word Origin and History for overlord

c.1200, from over- + lord (n.). Chosen 1943 as the Allied code-word for the D-Day invasion of northern France.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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