[ 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 confusedaboard 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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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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