Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

overlord

play
noun over·lord \ˈō-vər-ˌlȯrd\

Simple Definition of overlord

  • : a person who has power over a large number of people

Full Definition of overlord

  1. 1 :  a lord over other lords :  a lord paramount

  2. 2 a :  an absolute or supreme ruler b :  one having great power or authority <a corporate overlord>

over·lord·ship play \-ˌship, ˌō-vər-ˈ\ noun

Examples of overlord

  1. He is the overlord of the underground gambling industry.



13th Century

First Known Use of overlord

13th century


Learn More about overlord


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up overlord? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 9, 2016

marked by high spirits and laughter

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

spindrift kittly-benders pince-nez duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ