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[reg-nuh nt] /ˈrɛg nənt/
reigning; ruling (usually used following the noun it modifies):
a queen regnant.
exercising authority, rule, or influence.
prevalent; widespread.
Origin of regnant
1590-1600; < Latin rēgnant- (stem of rēgnāns), present participle of regnāre to rule; see reign, -ant
Related forms
regnancy, noun Unabridged
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  • It was urged that Nero was then regnant when this command of non-resistance was given.

  • Even a mild admonition from the regnant Pope had failed to produce any effect.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • It was the regnant minority which rushed the South into secession.

    The Arena Various
  • His regnant desires, by which his worthy little life was governed, were to love and to please.

  • In the regnant silence she rose, laid aside her book, softly opened the door, and stepped as softly into the narrow passage.

    There and Back George MacDonald
  • The sun was regnant, and little brown birds flew cheerily over the snow and talked of nests.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • He spoke to the sound common sense and the regnant conscience of the masses.

    The Brothers' War John Calvin Reed
  • Hugo and Mazzini, Byron and Macaulay had all now appeared upon the scene, and romanticism was regnant.

  • In the general sense in which every man has a philosophy, this is merely the deposit of the regnant notions of the time.

    Edward Caldwell Moore Edward Moore
  • Not the all-producing summer is so rich in bounty as the mind is rich in thought when working its regnant and creative moods.

    A Man's Value to Society Newell Dwight Hillis
British Dictionary definitions for regnant


(postpositive) reigning
prevalent; current
Derived Forms
regnancy, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin regnāre to reign
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for regnant

"reigning, exercising authority," c.1600, from Latin regnantem (nominative regnans) "reigning," present participle stem of regnare "to reign" (see reign). Adjective regnal (1610s) means "pertaining to a reign," especially in reference to the day or year a reign began.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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