[adverb, noun oh-ver-seez; adjective oh-ver-seez]
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  1. of or relating to passage over the sea: overseas travel.
  2. situated beyond the sea: overseas territories.
  3. pertaining to countries, associations, activities, etc., beyond the sea: overseas military service; overseas commitments.
  1. (used with a singular verb) countries or territories across the sea or ocean.
Also especially British, o·ver·sea [adverb oh-ver-see; adjective oh-ver-see] /adverb ˌoʊ vərˈsi; adjective ˈoʊ vərˈsi/ (for defs 1–4).

Origin of overseas

before 1150; oversea (Middle English overse, Old English ofer sǣ; see over-, sea) + -s3 or -s1
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Related Words for oversea

oversea, transatlantic, transmarine

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British Dictionary definitions for oversea


adverb (ˌəʊvəˈsiːz)
  1. beyond the sea; abroad
adjective (ˈəʊvəˈsiːz)
  1. of, to, in, from, or situated in countries beyond the sea
  2. Also: oversea (ˌəʊvəˈsiː) of or relating to passage over the sea
noun (ˌəʊvəˈsiːz)
  1. (functioning as singular) informal a foreign country or foreign countries collectively
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Word Origin and History for oversea



1580s, from over + sea. Popularized during World War I as a British euphemism for "colonial."

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