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over·​land ˈō-vər-ˌland How to pronounce overland (audio)
: by, on, or across land


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: going or accomplished over the land instead of by sea
overland emigrants
an overland route

Examples of overland in a Sentence

Adverb We traveled overland by horse to the mountains.
Recent Examples on the Web
The crews walked home overland, often following a set of Indigenous trails known as the Natchez Trace, traveling in packs of 20 or more to avoid being robbed. Boyce Upholt, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 June 2024 Moreover, such small craft can be transported quickly overland, avoiding Russian submarines, as well as the complication of the Montreux Convention, a 1936 diplomatic agreement that allows Turkey to prevent the passage of warships through the straits that lead to the Black Sea. Mark Cancian, Foreign Affairs, 8 Feb. 2024
The group is due to receive their vehicle later this month—and already has a party (and a few overland volunteer trainings) planned. Outside Online, 27 June 2024 Other programming includes safari experiences, an overland trip to southern Africa’s Victoria Falls and a night of music at St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Nathan Diller, USA TODAY, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for overland 

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Word History

First Known Use


12th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overland was in the 12th century

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“Overland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overland. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


adverb or adjective
: by, on, or across land

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