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.
Origin of overlord
Middle EnglishRelated formso·ver·lord·ship, noun
word dating back to 1150–1200;
see origin at over-
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Examples from the Web for overlordship
Historical Examples of overlordship
It was a beneficent monarch, but it brooked no denial of its overlordship.
The same thing happened when Athelstan claimed his overlordship.
One by one the other Italian tribes submitted and accepted Roman overlordship.
The overlordship of Harthacanute may have been recognised, but the administration was divided.
In the other field, that of overlordship, the subtleties were still more elusive.
British Dictionary definitions for overlordshipDerived Formsoverlordship, noun
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Word Origin and History for overlordship
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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