1. in or to a foreign country or countries: famous at home and abroad.
  2. in or to another continent: Shall we go to Mexico or abroad this summer?
  3. out of doors; from one place to another; about: No one was abroad in the noonday heat. The owl ventures abroad at night.
  4. spread around; in circulation: Rumors of disaster are abroad.
  5. broadly; widely; far and wide.
  6. wide of the mark; in error.


  1. a foreign land or lands: imports from abroad.


  1. to or in a foreign country or countries

adjective (postpositive)

  1. (of news, rumours, etc) in general circulation; current
  2. out in the open
  3. over a wide area
  4. archaic in error

mid-13c., “widely apart,” from Old English on brede, which meant something like “at wide” (see broad (adj.)). The sense “out of doors, away from home” (late 14c.) led to the main modern sense of “out of one’s country, overseas” (mid-15c.).

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