3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sovereign \Sov"er*eign\ (? or ?; 277), noun

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. (Zool.) Any butterfly of the tribe {Nymphalidi}, or genus {Basilarchia}, as the ursula and the viceroy.

Syn: King; prince; monarch; potentate; emperor.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sovereign \Sov"er*eign\ (? or ?; 277), adjective [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. --Hooker.

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces; "an autonomous judiciary"; "a sovereign state" [syn: {autonomous}, {independent}, {self-governing}, {sovereign}]

2: greatest in status or authority or power; "a supreme tribunal" [syn: {sovereign}, {supreme}]


1: a nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary right [syn: {sovereign}, {crowned head}, {monarch}]

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