oversea

overseas

[adv., n. oh-ver-seez; adj. oh-ver-seez]
adverb
1.
over, across, or beyond the sea; abroad: to be sent overseas.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to passage over the sea: overseas travel.
3.
situated beyond the sea: overseas territories.
4.
pertaining to countries, associations, activities, etc., beyond the sea: overseas military service; overseas commitments.
noun
5.
(used with a singular verb) countries or territories across the sea or ocean.
Also, especially British, oversea [adv. oh-ver-see; adj. oh-ver-see] , (for defs 1–4).


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

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overseas
 
adv
1.  beyond the sea; abroad
 
adj
2.  of, to, in, from, or situated in countries beyond the sea
3.  Also: oversea of or relating to passage over the sea
 
n
4.  informal (functioning as singular) a foreign country or foreign countries collectively

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overseas
1583, from over + sea. Popularized WWI as a British euphemism for "colonial."
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