overlord

[ oh-ver-lawrd ]
/ ˈoʊ vərˌlɔrd /

noun

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.

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Origin of overlord

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

OTHER WORDS FROM overlord

o·ver·lord·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for overlord

overlord
/ (ˈəʊvəˌlɔːd) /

noun

a supreme lord or master

Derived forms of overlord

overlordship, noun
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