overlord

noun over·lord \ ˈō-vər-ˌlȯrd \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of overlord

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

overlordship

play \ˈō-vər-ˌlȯrd-ˌship, ˌō-vər-ˈlȯrd-\ noun

Examples of overlord in a Sentence

  1. He is the overlord of the underground gambling industry.

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First Known Use of overlord

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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


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