[ uh-brawd ]
/ əˈbrɔd /



a foreign land or lands: imports from abroad.

Origin of abroad

First recorded in 1225–75, abroad is from the Middle English word abrod. See a-1, broad

Can be confused

aboard abort abroad
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British Dictionary definitions for abroad


/ (əˈbrɔːd) /


to or in a foreign country or countries

adjective (postpositive)

(of news, rumours, etc) in general circulation; current
out in the open
over a wide area
archaic in error

Word Origin for abroad

C13: from a- ² + broad
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