adverb over·all \ˌō-vər-ˈl\

: with everyone or everything included

: as a whole : in general

Full Definition of OVERALL

:  all over 1 <the pattern used overall>
:  from one end to the other <600 feet long overall>
a :  in view of all the circumstances or conditions <overall, the sale was a success>
b :  as a whole :  generally <doesn't do as well overall>
c :  with everyone or everything taken into account <was third overall in earnings> <got 31 miles to the gallon overall>

Examples of OVERALL

  1. He made a few mistakes but did well overall.
  2. Overall, the project was successful.

First Known Use of OVERALL

13th century


noun over·all \ˈō-vər-ˌl\

overalls : a pair of pants with an extra piece attached that covers the chest and has straps that go over the shoulders

: a loose coat that is worn over clothes so that they do not get dirty

overalls : a piece of clothing that is worn over other clothes to protect them

Full Definition of OVERALL

a plural archaic :  loose protective trousers worn over regular clothes
b usually plural :  trousers of strong material usually with a bib and shoulder straps
chiefly British :  a loose-fitting protective smock worn over regular clothing

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First Known Use of OVERALL


Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator


adjective over·all \ˌō-vər-ˈl, ˈō-vər-ˌ\

: including everyone or everything

: viewed as a whole or in general

Full Definition of OVERALL

:  including everything
:  viewed as a whole :  general

Examples of OVERALL

  1. your overall score after two rounds
  2. His mistake didn't change my overall impression of him.
  3. Your overall health is sound.
  4. She likes the overall quality of the product.
  5. The scratch didn't affect the car's overall appearance.

First Known Use of OVERALL



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