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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Politicians often live like feudal overlords, traveling in a style that even Mansa Musa would envy. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 2019 Harming European commerce with Iran to serve American interests is the act of a bully and an overlord, not of an ally and friend. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Europe Is Feeling Trumped," 21 May 2018 Suddenly, government agents are after him, fellow mutants are harboring him, and a powerful but disembodied overlord that had been biding its time inside his head wants a real body (and world domination). Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Superheroes behaving badly: 12 crusading TV series target mature audiences," 4 Aug. 2019 So say our benevolent meat overlords at the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's best National Hot Dog Day deals and the best places in the city to get them," 17 July 2019 That appears to be the customary amount under our new V.A.R. overlords. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "U.S. Holds Off an Ascendant Spain, for Now, at Women’s World Cup," 24 June 2019 Fans of the cartoon, which aired in the early-to-mid ’00s, already knew that his mission from Irken overlords The Almighty Tallest was a joke. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Zim and Gir are back in Netflix's new Invader Zim movie teaser," 23 July 2019 In obvious ways, the team mirrors its home region of the Bay Area, a place now flooded with tech overlords who seem invincible and wield immense powers, the true nature of which have yet to be revealed. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Depth of Field: The Glorious Scale of the NBA Finals' Game 5," 13 June 2019 Formerly Known as Prince as a great way to annoy his corporate overlords. Ryan Prior, CNN, "When it comes to losing the rights to her own songs, Taylor Swift is the norm, not the exception," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of overlord

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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to spread over or through

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