over·​land | \ ˈō-vər-ˌland How to pronounce overland (audio) , -lənd \

Definition of overland

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: by, on, or across land



Definition of overland (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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: Adverb Many more people have since left overland for neighboring countries in hopes of traveling on to the West. NBC News, 18 Nov. 2021 Geography dictates that anybody traveling overland from South America has to pass through it to reach the United States. Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2021 In 2019, tens of thousands of African, Caribbean, and other migrants took the dangerous journey overland from South America through Central America and into Mexico before approaching the southern U.S. border. Joe Penney, The New Republic, 26 Oct. 2021 CNN Travel's global editor Barry Neild traveled overland across Europe and down to Morocco in the 1990s, with a starting budget of barely $100. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 16 Oct. 2021 The city of Los Angeles was founded 240 years ago by a group of 44 settlers who had traveled overland from Mexico, or so the story goes. Julia Wick Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2021 That’s how many Americans were evacuated from Afghanistan overland on Monday, the State Department said. Andrew Solender, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 While the Gaza Strip is sealed off by Israel and Egypt, precluding most smuggling operations, Iranian convoys can carry weapons overland to their proxy militias in Iraq and Syria – and through them to their allies in Lebanon – and by sea to Yemen. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 May 2021 Most would trek overland from Nauvoo, but Saints from the East Coast were exhorted to sail to the West Coast. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The travel restrictions had barred non-U.S. citizens traveling from 33 countries — including China, India and much of Europe — and had also restricted overland entry from Mexico and Canada. NBC News, 8 Nov. 2021 These actions have been triggered by the disruptions caused by supply delays due to blockages at U.S. ports and delays in overland deliveries. Walter Loeb, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Together, the three of them made the overland trip and crossed the Darién Gap. Joe Penney, The New Republic, 26 Oct. 2021 The sea route to the gold fields had several advantages over the overland route, but food was not one of them. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Nov. 2021 Sailing there from the Eastern Seaboard, around South America, could take six months, and the overland journey was even more arduous. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 So much of our life is carefully curated; overland travel snatches any notion of control and hands your fate over to strangers, the elements, and the open road. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 18 June 2021 The overland delivery through neighboring Syria violates U.S. sanctions imposed on Tehran after former President Donald Trump pulled America out of a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers in 2018. Arkansas Online, 17 Sep. 2021 Foreign tourists with proof of full vaccination against the coronavirus will now be allowed to enter the United States via its overland borders with Canada and Mexico as of November, the White House announced late Tuesday. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of overland


12th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Overland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overland. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of overland

: on or across land instead of over water


over·​land | \ ˈō-vər-ˌland How to pronounce overland (audio) \

Kids Definition of overland

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: by land rather than by water travel overland



Kids Definition of overland (Entry 2 of 2)

: going by land rather than by water an overland route

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