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

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 How does being a politician compare to being an artist and sweatshop overlord? San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Sep. 2022 The difference this time, however, is that the team is set on doing things their own way without a network or streaming service overlord to please. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 10 May 2022 Tech, once the overlord of the stock market, has had a rough 2022. Larry Light, Forbes, 31 July 2022 The imperial phase saw British history turn inside-out: an island bastion became a global overlord. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 27 May 2022 And Native arguments and attitudes can’t be reduced to a photocopy of an overlord’s ideology. Philip Deloria, The New Yorker, 18 July 2022 Thanks to science fiction, AI is often perceived as a threat to humans, a destroyer of jobs and an unsympathetic overlord toiling away in the cloud. James Duez, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Eleven titles into Phase Four, there are several potential Big Bads — Kang, Valentina, Arishem, Kingpin, even the Dark Dimension’s overlord Dormammu — lurking in the periphery. Adam B. Vary, Variety, 15 May 2022 The odds are that AI is probably going to be more piecemeal and not one gigantic AI overlord (which is the usual portrayal). Lance Eliot, Forbes, 5 May 2022 See More

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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 2 Oct. 2022.

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