adverb or adjective

: beyond the boundaries of one's country : in or to a foreign country
traveling abroad
hopes to study abroad next year
both at home and abroad
a family that came here from abroad [=from a foreign country] several years ago
: over a wide area : widely
wolves venturing abroad in increasing numbers
old-fashioned : away from one's home
doesn't go walking abroad at night
formal : in wide circulation : about
There are rumors abroad that the company is in trouble.
: wide of the mark : astray

Examples of abroad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not only has Russia exported its firehose strategy abroad in efforts to destabilize elections in the West, but Trump and MAGA-Republicans have adopted it as their go-to strategy for normalizing lies and conspiracy theories in the United States. Michiko Kakutani, TIME, 6 June 2024 King Charles is abroad for the first time since starting treatment for cancer. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 6 June 2024 Experts said a flight abroad could not be ruled out, but noted that the ambush occurred about 125 miles from the nearest border, and that Mr. Amra was native to the Rouen region, where he was being detained before the attack. Aurelien Breeden, New York Times, 5 June 2024 In stock markets abroad, indexes rose across much of Europe ahead of a decision on interest rates Thursday by the European Central Bank. Eli Joseph, Fortune, 5 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for abroad 

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Word History


Middle English abrod, abrood, from a- a- entry 1 + brod, brood broad entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of abroad was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near abroad

Cite this Entry

“Abroad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abroad. Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


adverb or adjective
: over a wide area
: away from one's home
doesn't go abroad at night
: in or to foreign countries
travel abroad
formal : in wide circulation
rumors were abroad
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