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sov•er•eign /ˈsɑvrɪn, ˈsɑvərɪn, ˈsʌv-/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
adj. [before a noun]
- Governmenta monarch or other supreme ruler.
- Currencya gold coin of the United Kingdom, equal to one pound sterling:Sovereigns went out of circulation after 1914.
- Governmentof or relating to a sovereign or sovereignty;
- having supreme power or authority:the sovereign lord of the kingdom.
(sov′rin, sov′ər in, suv′-),USA pronunciation n.
- Governmenta monarch;
a king, queen, or other supreme ruler.
- Governmenta person who has sovereign power or authority.
- Governmenta group or body of persons or a state having sovereign authority.
- Currencya gold coin of the United Kingdom, equal to one pound sterling: went out of circulation after 1914.
- Governmentbelonging to or characteristic of a sovereign or sovereignty;
- having supreme rank, power, or authority.
indisputable:a sovereign right.
- greatest in degree;
utmost or extreme.
- being above all others in character, importance, excellence, etc.
potent:a sovereign remedy.
- 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
- a person exercising supreme authority, esp a monarch
- a former British gold coin worth one pound sterling
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French soverain, from Vulgar Latin superānus (unattested), from Latin super above; also influenced by reignˈsovereignly adv
- supreme in rank or authority: a sovereign lord
- excellent or outstanding: a sovereign remedy
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a sovereign
- independent of outside authority: a sovereign state
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