overlord

noun
over·​lord | \ ˈō-vər-ˌlȯrd How to pronounce overlord (audio) \

Definition of overlord

1 : a lord over other lords : a lord paramount
2a : an absolute or supreme ruler
b : one having great power or authority a corporate overlord

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Other Words from overlord

overlordship \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌlȯrd-​ˌship How to pronounce overlordship (audio) , ˌō-​vər-​ˈlȯrd-​ \ noun

Examples of overlord in a Sentence

He is the overlord of the underground gambling industry.

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Throngs of independent-minded Hong Kong people on the streets, directly and openly opposing a policy of the Beijing overlords, is a challenge to everything Xi stands for. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Hong Kong’s protests were an inspiring rebuke. Now comes the anxiety.," 20 June 2019 In Chinese President Xi Jinping, Hong Kong faces an unmoved, unrelenting overlord. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "China can’t smash Hong Kong’s spirit," 12 June 2019 The worst thing their parents can do isn’t sacrificing children to an alien overlord. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Season 2 of Runaways forges a bold new path — eventually," 21 Dec. 2018 Strength and conditioning coaches have evolved from handy helpers in the gym to overlords of a season outside the season: off-season workouts. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Strength Coaches in College Football Have Become Strongmen," 17 Aug. 2018 As a willing and excited cook, flexing on my baked salmon recipes for whichever corporate overlords own my June video reel seems like a small intrusion. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Review: The June oven made me want a camera in every cooking device," 22 Dec. 2018 This willingness to experiment without feeling beholden to fan expectations about what games should be sold or shared makes Itchio feel like a garden of digital possibility, one unburdened by corporate overlords or the growing malaise of loot boxes. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The game store that outshines Steam by staying small and weird," 29 Nov. 2018 Just swap a space creature for an Instagram influencer, an overlord for Mark Zuckerberg. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The only thing that can protect you from your gadgets is more gadgets.," 15 Oct. 2018 And maybe, just maybe, that’s because most consumers have given up on the idea of privacy in our times — or believe that the risk-reward balance of technologies like Alexa tilt in the direction of our new artificially intelligent overlords. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Amazon’s blockbuster Alexa event made zero mention of privacy concerns — and that may say more about us than about them," 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of overlord

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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overlord

noun

English Language Learners Definition of overlord

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

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