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overlord

[oh-ver-lawrd]
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noun
  1. a person who is lord over another or over other lords: to obey the will of one's sovereign and overlord.
  2. a person of great influence, authority, power, or the like: the overlords of industry.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to rule or govern arbitrarily or tyrannically; domineer.
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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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  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for overlord

overlord

noun
  1. a supreme lord or master
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Derived Formsoverlordship, noun
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Word Origin and History for overlord

n.

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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