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 confusedaboard abort abroad

Synonyms for abroad

Antonyms for abroad

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Related Words for abroad

overseas, elsewhere, away, touring

Examples from the Web for abroad

Contemporary Examples of abroad

Historical Examples of abroad

  • They tried it out at home and when it proved a success, they carried it abroad.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • I am going away, God only knows where; it may be abroad, it may not.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • My physician and my guardian, not knowing what else to do with me, sent me abroad.

  • The inference is that he was imported from abroad for the purpose of committing this outrage.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • A stern, uncompromising, and solemn spirit of inquiry is abroad.

British Dictionary definitions for abroad



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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Word Origin and History for abroad

mid-13c., "widely apart," from Old English on brede, which meant something like "at wide" (see broad (adj.)). The sense "out of doors, away from home" (late 14c.) led to the main modern sense of "out of one's country, overseas" (mid-15c.).

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