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Meaning of SOVEREIGN

Pronunciation:  'sâvrin

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary right
  2. [adj]  of political bodies; "an autonomous judiciary"; "a sovereign state"
  3. [adj]  greatest in status or authority or power; "a supreme tribunal"

SOVEREIGN is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: autonomous, crowned head, dominant, free, independent, monarch, self-governing, supreme
 See Also: chief of state, czar, Emperor, Hanoverian, head of state, king, male monarch, ruler, shah, swayer, tsar, tzar



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sov"er*eign\ (? or ?; 277), a. [OE. soverain,
    sovereyn, OF. soverain, suvrain, F. souverain, LL. superanus,
    fr. L. superus that is above, upper, higher, fr. super above.
    See {Over}, {Super}, and cf. {Soprano}. The modern spelling
    is due to a supposed connection with reign.]
    1. Supreme or highest in power; superior to all others;
       chief; as, our sovereign prince.
    2. Independent of, and unlimited by, any other; possessing,
       or entitled to, original authority or jurisdiction; as, a
       sovereign state; a sovereign discretion.
    3. Princely; royal. ``Most sovereign name.'' --Shak.
             At Babylon was his sovereign see.     --Chaucer.
    4. Predominant; greatest; utmost; paramount.
             We acknowledge him [God] our sovereign good.
    5. Efficacious in the highest degree; effectual; controlling;
       as, a sovereign remedy. --Dryden.
             Such a sovereign influence has this passion upon the
             regulation of the lives and actions of men. --South.
    {Sovereign state}, a state which administers its own
       government, and is not dependent upon, or subject to,
       another power.
  2. \Sov"er*eign\ (? or ?; 277), n.
    1. The person, body, or state in which independent and
       supreme authority is vested; especially, in a monarchy, a
       king, queen, or emperor.
             No question is to be made but that the bed of the
             Mississippi belongs to the sovereign, that is, to
             the nation.                           --Jefferson.
    2. A gold coin of Great Britain, on which an effigy of the
       head of the reigning king or queen is stamped, valued at
       one pound sterling, or about $4.86.
    3. (Zo["o]l.) Any butterfly of the tribe {Nymphalidi}, or
       genus {Basilarchia}, as the ursula and the viceroy.
    Syn: King; prince; monarch; potentate; emperor.