[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. overlive,
  2. overload,
  3. overlong,
  4. overlook,
  5. overlooker,
  6. overly,
  7. overlying,
  8. overman,
  9. overmanned,
  10. overmanning

Origin of overlord

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at over-, lord

Related formso·ver·lord·ship, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for overlord


/ (ˈəʊvəˌlɔːd) /


a supreme lord or master
Derived Formsoverlordship, 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.

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