WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
sov•er•eign /ˈsɑvrɪn, ˈsɑvərɪn, ˈsʌv-/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Governmenta monarch or other supreme ruler.
  2. Currencya gold coin of the United Kingdom, equal to one pound sterling:Sovereigns went out of circulation after 1914.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. Governmentof or relating to a sovereign or sovereignty;
    royal.
  2. having supreme power or authority:the sovereign lord of the kingdom.
  3. supreme;
    foremost:sovereign power.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
sov•er•eign  (sovrin, sovər in, suv-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Governmenta monarch;
    a king, queen, or other supreme ruler.
  2. Governmenta person who has sovereign power or authority.
  3. Governmenta group or body of persons or a state having sovereign authority.
  4. Currencya gold coin of the United Kingdom, equal to one pound sterling: went out of circulation after 1914.

adj. 
  1. Governmentbelonging to or characteristic of a sovereign or sovereignty;
    royal.
  2. having supreme rank, power, or authority.
  3. supreme;
    preeminent;
    indisputable:a sovereign right.
  4. greatest in degree;
    utmost or extreme.
  5. being above all others in character, importance, excellence, etc.
  6. efficacious;
    potent:a sovereign remedy.
sover•eign•ly, adv. 
  • Vulgar Latin *superānus, equivalent. to Latin super- super- + -ānus -an
  • Old French soverain
  • Middle English soverain (alteration by influence of reign) 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged emperor, empress, potentate.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged government.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged regal, majestic, imperial, princely, monarchical, kingly, queenly.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged chief, paramount, principal, predominant.
    • 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged effective, effectual.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

sovereign /ˈsɒvrɪn/ n
  1. a person exercising supreme authority, esp a monarch
  2. a former British gold coin worth one pound sterling
adj
  1. supreme in rank or authority: a sovereign lord
  2. excellent or outstanding: a sovereign remedy
  3. of, relating to, or characteristic of a sovereign
  4. independent of outside authority: a sovereign state
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French soverain, from Vulgar Latin superānus (unattested), from Latin super above; also influenced by reign

ˈsovereignly adv



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