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 overlord (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 The overlord’s lair is located on a large lot on a prestigious West University street and offers an impressive 7,000 square feet of living space. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 28 May 2021 The idea that a corporate overlord might police content on Github, or otherwise encroach on the open source community, caused major controversy during during Microsoft's acquisition of the service. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 13 Mar. 2021 Could this belong to the powerful overlord, Count Orlando of Chiusi, who granted La Verna to Francis as a refuge? William E. Wallace, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2021 This scare machine was directed by Evan Spiliotopoulos and produced by Evil Dead overlord Sam Raimi but, for Morgan, the real frights took place off-screen when the pandemic broke out during the Unholy shoot last spring. Clark Collis, EW.com, 31 Mar. 2021 Their claim is based on possession of a fief—a right granted by a feudal overlord in exchange for allegiance or services. The Economist, 27 Mar. 2021 As its ringleader, Brady is demonized outside his kingdom, the fiefdom of Dunkin’, and is briefly banished by the princely overlord, Roger the Goodell of Park Avenue. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 3 Feb. 2021 The film, knowingly set in Orwell’s infamous year, makes a point when Wonder Woman wields her lariat against a would-be overlord’s worldwide deception: Only unified truth will set us free. Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2020 Back in the day, George Clooney played overlord Booker Brooks at the plastic plant. Lynette Rice, EW.com, 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of overlord

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overlord.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overlord. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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