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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 ?
For that matter, though the Oneidas do serve his sacred majesty, who is my sovereign lord and master, I should not have deliberated long about letting off
I frequently returned with the spoils of the woods, and as often presented some of what I had taken to him, expressive of duty to my sovereign.
So far as a demeanour of natural authority was concerned, the mother country need not have been ashamed to see these foremost men of an actual democracy adopted into the House of Peers, or make the Privy Council of the Sovereign.
Grose's dazed blink across to where I pointed struck me as a sovereign sign that she too at last saw, just as it carried my own eyes precipitately to the child.
One complained of a bad cold in his head, upon which Jonah mixed him a pitch-like potion of gin and molasses, which he swore was a sovereign cure for all colds and catarrhs whatsoever, never mind of how long standing, or whether caught off the coast of Labrador, or on the weather side of an ice-island.
We must needs inquire then on what principle the Sovereign is originally invested with that right.
Briggs would give you a sovereign every Sunday morning, I would not have you a seven-days' cabman again.
He, the sovereign lord and master of a world which grinds the bodies and souls of human beings into dollars--if he could come into the world this day and see the things that men have made in his name, would it not blast his soul with horror?
The only possible ackowledgment of any of the longings and wants of a human and immortal creature, which are given to him, comes to him through the sovereign and irresponsible will of his master; and when that master is stricken down, nothing remains.
I am too high born to be propertied, To be a second at control, Or useful serving-man and instrument To any sovereign state throughout the world.
I was never known by any other designation afterward, whether in the nation's talk or in grave debate upon matters of state at the council-board of the sovereign.
With light and graceful steps he danced through the long saloon, with the sovereign who thought never to have found a more dexterous and excellent dancer.