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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As a willing and excited cook, flexing on my baked salmon recipes for whichever corporate overlords own my June video reel seems like a small intrusion. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Review: The June oven made me want a camera in every cooking device," 22 Dec. 2018 This willingness to experiment without feeling beholden to fan expectations about what games should be sold or shared makes Itchio feel like a garden of digital possibility, one unburdened by corporate overlords or the growing malaise of loot boxes. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The game store that outshines Steam by staying small and weird," 29 Nov. 2018 Just swap a space creature for an Instagram influencer, an overlord for Mark Zuckerberg. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The only thing that can protect you from your gadgets is more gadgets.," 15 Oct. 2018 And maybe, just maybe, that’s because most consumers have given up on the idea of privacy in our times — or believe that the risk-reward balance of technologies like Alexa tilt in the direction of our new artificially intelligent overlords. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Amazon’s blockbuster Alexa event made zero mention of privacy concerns — and that may say more about us than about them," 20 Sep. 2018 Eron looks like Ronan Farrow and acts like Mark Zuckerberg and, paired with Jared Leto’s character in Blade Runner 2049, reflects an anxious mistrust of the tech overlords currently engineering our lives, with or without our consent. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "Sci-fi thriller 'Upgrade': When your body has a mind of its own," 30 May 2018 To be sure, Tay and Zo are not our future robot overlords. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Unmasking A.I.'s Bias Problem," 25 June 2018 Because McLaren doesn't have a corporate overlord like VW evaluating decisions. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "McLaren Reveals Its Newest, Fastest Supercar," 7 Mar. 2017 But once Armie Hammer enters the picture as the overlord of the nefarious corporation behind the telemarketing outfit, the movie loses its way in a welter of surreality. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Sorry to Bother You' eventually loses its way in a welter of surreality," 5 July 2018

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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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