- Abroad is defined as something done in any country or countries that are not your own.
An example of goods made abroad for the US customer are goods made in China.
- The definition of abroad is a country or countries which are not your home country.
For a person who lives in the US, visiting England is example of going abroad.
This ship carries goods made abroad.
- broadly; far and wide
- in circulation; current: a report is abroad that he has won
- outside one's house; outdoors: to stroll abroad
- outside one's own country; to or in foreign countries
- ☆ to or in Europe
- wide of the mark; in error
Origin of abroadMiddle English abrode ; from on brod: see on and amp; broad
- Out of one's own country.
- In a foreign country or countries.
- Away from one's home.
- In circulation; at large.
- Covering a large area; widely: “An epidemic is abroad in America” (Richard M. Smith).
- Archaic Not on target; in error.
Origin of abroadMiddle English abrod : a-, in, on; see a–2 + brod, broad; see broad.
(comparative more abroad, superlative most abroad)
- (dated) At large; widely; broadly; over a wide space. [First attested from around (1150 to 1350.)]
- A tree spreads its branches abroad.
- (dated) Without a certain confine; outside the house; away from one's abode. [First attested from around (1150 to 1350.)]
- to walk abroad
- p. 1650, John Evelyn, William Bray (edit), Diary, Frederic Warne and Company (publisher, 1818), page 207, entry for 1650 July 7:
- I went to St. James', where another was preaching in the court abroad.
- 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter I:
- Was it so irreconcilable, Warwick wondered, as still to peal out the curfew bell, which at nine o'clock at night had clamorously warned all negroes, slave or free, that it was unlawful for them to be abroad after that hour, under penalty of imprisonment or whipping?
- Beyond the bounds of a country; in foreign countries. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470.)]
- (dated) Before the public at large; throughout society or the world; here and there; moving without restriction. [First attested in the late 15th century.]
- Not on target; astray; in error; confused; dazed. [First attested in the early 19th century.]
- Played elsewhere than one's home grounds; as in a sport's team.
- (rare) Countries or lands abroad. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
- Throughout, over.