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[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.
Origin of overlord
1150-1200; Middle English; see over-, lord
Related forms
overlordship, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for overlord


a supreme lord or master
Derived Forms
overlordship, 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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