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.
Recent Examples on the Web Observation and science brought one closer to a larger sense of order, in which man was an integral part, not an overlord. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "What do Thomas Jefferson, a mastodon skeleton and Alexander von Humboldt have in common? The answer is locked inside the Smithsonian.," 1 July 2020 In Active Speaker mode, the person talking floods the visual field; the screen becomes a stage for our temporary overlord. Laurence Scott, Wired, "Covid-19 and the New Intimacy," 1 June 2020 In the second season, the true evil was Westworld’s corporate overlords, who were revealed to be profiting from the park by surveilling its visitors’ every move. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Westworld Season 3 Had a Villain Problem," 5 May 2020 There is, of course, and his name is Nacho Varga (Michael Mando), who was blackmailed into serving Fring as a double agent in Season 4 after Fring realized that Nacho had tried to murder the Salamanca overlord, Don Hector. David Segal, New York Times, "‘Better Call Saul’ Season 5 Premiere Recap: Just Chilling," 23 Feb. 2020 Too many of us are worried about how our kids will compete globally and are baffled by the desirability of jobs whose titles mystify us: digital overlord, director of insights, growth hacker, innovation Sherpa. Madeline Levine, The Atlantic, "Kids Don’t Need to Stay ‘On Track’ to Succeed," 16 Feb. 2020 But connected devices can also benefit from some less-obvious upgrades that 5G should deliver—and we, their organic overlords, could profit in the long run. Rob Pegoraro, Ars Technica, "5G deployment stands ready to supercharge the Internet of Things," 18 Dec. 2019 A year later, after Allied forces liberated France from its German overlords, the couple fled their homeland, along with other Nazi sympathizers. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Lucette Destouches, widow and defender of French writer Céline, dies at 107," 8 Dec. 2019 Seven centuries have passed since the Venetian merchant published his account of travels in Asia, including 17 years in the service of Kublai Khan, China’s Mongol overlord. The Economist, "Chaguan China is also an idea, revealing much about Western hopes and fears," 4 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of overlord

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jul 2020

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“Overlord.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overlord. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of overlord

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

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