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sov·er·eign

 (sŏv′ər-ĭn, sŏv′rĭn)
n.
1. One that exercises supreme, permanent authority, especially in a nation or other governmental unit, as:
a. A king, queen, or other noble person who serves as chief of state; a ruler or monarch.
b. A national governing council or committee.
2. A nation that governs territory outside its borders.
3. A gold coin formerly used in Great Britain.
adj.
1. Self-governing; independent: a sovereign state.
2. Having supreme rank or power: a sovereign prince.
3. Paramount; supreme: Her sovereign virtue is compassion.
4.
a. Of superlative strength or efficacy: a sovereign remedy.
b. Unmitigated: sovereign contempt.

[Middle English soverain, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *superānus, from Latin super, above; see uper in Indo-European roots.]

sov′er·eign·ly adv.

sovereign

(ˈsɒvrɪn)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person exercising supreme authority, esp a monarch
2. (Currencies) a former British gold coin worth one pound sterling
adj
3. supreme in rank or authority: a sovereign lord.
4. excellent or outstanding: a sovereign remedy.
5. of, relating to, or characteristic of a sovereign
6. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) independent of outside authority: a sovereign state.
[C13: from Old French soverain, from Vulgar Latin superānus (unattested), from Latin super above; also influenced by reign]
ˈsovereignly adv

sov•er•eign

(ˈsɒv rɪn, ˈsɒv ər ɪn, ˈsʌv-)

n.
1. a monarch or other supreme ruler.
2. a person who has sovereign power or authority.
3. a body of persons or a state having sovereign authority.
4. a gold coin of the United Kingdom, equal to one pound sterling: went out of circulation after 1914.
adj.
5. belonging to or characteristic of a sovereign or sovereignty; royal.
6. having supreme rank, power, or authority.
7. supreme; preeminent; indisputable: sovereign power; a sovereign right.
8. greatest in degree; utmost or extreme.
9. being above all others in character, importance, excellence, etc.
10. efficacious; potent: a sovereign remedy.
[1250–1300; < Old French < Vulgar Latin *superānus= Latin super- super- + -ānus -an1]
sov′er•eign•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sovereign - a nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary rightsovereign - a nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary right
Capetian - a member of the Capetian dynasty
Carlovingian, Carolingian - a member of the Carolingian dynasty
czar, tsar, tzar - a male monarch or emperor (especially of Russia prior to 1917)
emperor - the male ruler of an empire
chief of state, head of state - the chief public representative of a country who may also be the head of government
king, male monarch, Rex - a male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom
Merovingian - a member of the Merovingian dynasty
ruler, swayer - a person who rules or commands; "swayer of the universe"
Shah, Shah of Iran - title for the former hereditary monarch of Iran
Adj.1.sovereign - (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces; "an autonomous judiciary"; "a sovereign state"
free - able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint; "free enterprise"; "a free port"; "a free country"; "I have an hour free"; "free will"; "free of racism"; "feel free to stay as long as you wish"; "a free choice"
2.sovereign - greatest in status or authority or power; "a supreme tribunal"
dominant - exercising influence or control; "television plays a dominant role in molding public opinion"; "the dominant partner in the marriage"

sovereign

adjective
1. independent, autonomous, self-governing, free, non-aligned, self-determining The Russian Federation declared itself to be a sovereign republic.
2. supreme, ruling, absolute, chief, royal, principal, dominant, imperial, unlimited, paramount, regal, predominant, monarchal, kingly or queenly No contract can absolutely restrain a sovereign power.
3. excellent, valuable, efficient, helpful, reliable, worthwhile, unfailing, efficacious, effectual wild garlic, a sovereign remedy in any healer's chest
noun
1. monarch, ruler, king or queen, chief, shah, potentate, supreme ruler, emperor or empress, prince or princess, tsar or tsarina the first British sovereign to set foot on Spanish soil

sovereign

adjective
Having political independence:
Translations
ذات سِيادَهمَلِك أو مَلِكَه
panovníksuverénnívládce-ice
monarkselvstændig
erinomainenhallitsijaitsenäinenmonarkkisuvereeni
szuverén
fullvaldakonungur; drottning
卓越した君主独立した自立した
suverenassuverenus
monarhssuverēnsvaldnieks
suveran
suverénny

sovereign

[ˈsɒvrɪn]
A. ADJ
1. (= supreme) → soberano
with sovereign contemptcon soberano desprecio
2. (= self-governing) → soberano
sovereign stateestado m soberano
B. N
1. (= monarch) → soberano/a m/f
2. (Hist) (= coin) → soberano m

sovereign

[ˈsɒvrɪn]
adj
(= autonomous) [state, country] → souverain(e)
(= supreme) [power, ruler] → souverain(e)
n
(= monarch) → souverain(e) m/f
(formerly) (= gold coin) → souverain m

sovereign

n (= monarch)Souverän m, → Herrscher(in) m(f); (Brit, old: = coin) → 20-Shilling-Münze f
adj
(= supreme)höchste(r, s), oberste(r, s); state, powersouverän; contempttiefste(r, s), äußerste(r, s); the sovereign power of the Popedie Oberhoheit des Papstes; our sovereign Lord the King (old)unser gnädiger Herr, der König
a sovereign remedy (lit, fig)ein Allheilmittel nt(for gegen)
(Fin) sovereign debtStaatsschulden pl; sovereign lendingstaatliche Kreditaufnahme

sovereign

[ˈsɒvrɪn]
1. adj (gen) → sovrano/a
with sovereign contempt (fig) → con sommo disprezzo
a sovereign remedy (old) → un rimedio infallibile
2. n (monarch) → sovrano/a; (coin) → sovrana

sovereign

(ˈsovrin) noun
a king or queen.
adjective
(of a country) self-governing. a sovereign state.
References in classic literature ?
When that time had elapsed, and when she suddenly left him -- to obey a previously-arranged summons to her aunt's presence -- miser as he was, he would have paid at that moment five golden sovereigns out of his pocket for five golden minutes more passed in her society.
The very same," I groaned, "there is no mistake; and now," I continued, "I want you to sell me that petticoat and those stockings," and I took a couple of sovereigns from my purse.
The other Queen for whom they retain a great veneration is Candace, whom they call Judith, and indeed if what they relate of her could be proved, there never was, amongst the most illustrious and beneficent sovereigns, any to whom their country was more indebted, for it is said that she being converted by Inda her eunuch, whom St.
The extension of our own commerce in our own vessels cannot give pleasure to any nations who possess territories on or near this continent, because the cheapness and excellence of our productions, added to the circumstance of vicinity, and the enterprise and address of our merchants and navigators, will give us a greater share in the advantages which those territories afford, than consists with the wishes or policy of their respective sovereigns.
Through the sound of the shivering glass I could hear the "ting" of the gold, as some of the sovereigns fell on the flagging.
Then my brother's attention was distracted by a bearded, eagle-faced man lugging a small handbag, which split even as my brother's eyes rested on it and disgorged a mass of sovereigns that seemed to break up into separate coins as it struck the ground.
I owe you my real good, my present happiness; and all the sovereigns of the earth, even Caesar Borgia himself, could not deprive me of this.
1) Which of the two sovereigns is imbued with the Moral law?
of Russia are the only two monarchs of their set on record who were at once sovereigns and lovers.
I wish you to be in your country and all others the equal of all those whom sovereigns have honored with their favor," said Charles, drawing the chain from his neck; "and I am sure, comte, my father smiles on me from his grave.
They ascended the rivers in great state, like sovereigns making a progress: or rather like Highland chieftains navigating their subject lakes.
I remember Bulaki Ram giving me the papers to sign, and I distinctly remember him locking up the money in the safe--two hundred and ten beautiful English sovereigns.