1. over, across, or beyond the sea; abroad: to be sent overseas.


  1. of or relating to passage over the sea: overseas travel.
  2. situated beyond the sea: overseas territories.
  3. pertaining to countries, associations, activities, etc., beyond the sea: overseas military service; overseas commitments.


  1. (used with a singular verb) countries or territories across the sea or ocean.

adverb (ˌəʊvəˈsiːz)

  1. beyond the sea; abroad

adjective (ˈəʊvəˈsiːz)

  1. of, to, in, from, or situated in countries beyond the sea
  2. Also: oversea (ˌəʊvəˈsiː) of or relating to passage over the sea

noun (ˌəʊvəˈsiːz)

  1. (functioning as singular) informal a foreign country or foreign countries collectively

adj.1580s, from over + sea. Popularized during World War I as a British euphemism for “colonial.”

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