- the period during which a sovereign occupies the throne.
- royal rule or authority; sovereignty.
- dominating power or influence: the reign of law.
- to possess or exercise sovereign power or authority.
- to hold the position and name of sovereign without exercising the ruling power.
- to have control, rule, or influence of any kind.
- to predominate; be prevalent.
Origin of reign
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Examples from the Web for reigning
The reigning queen of hip-hop treads the boards in her teen years.Nicki Minaj: High School Actress
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December 30, 2014
The reigning Emmy champ coming off her best season yet on The Good Wife, Margulies could very well set that record, too.Jennifer Aniston, Oscar Nominee? 5 Takeaways from the 2015 SAG Award Nominations
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While still relatively unknown stateside, Bellucci is a reigning vixen in France and her native Italy.‘Spectre’ Casts 50-Year-Old Bond Girl For 007 to Do Sex To
December 5, 2014
The reigning league MVP, Kevin Durant, is also set to hit the open market that summer.2014 NBA Preview: Skinny LeBron and the Racist Ghost of Donald Sterling
October 27, 2014
Take for example, the reaction of Keith Olbermann, the reigning scold of sportslandia.Forget the Wife Beating—Are You Ready for Some Football?
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In this the Man of Taste is obviously following the reigning fashion.De Libris: Prose and Verse
The reigning Queen was his sister-in-law and was all-powerful.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
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And the ordinances he established service to this day at the court of the reigning king.Cyropaedia
After reigning for a twelvemonth, he was banished from Mexico on parole never to return.Aztec Land
Maturin M. Ballou
Her brothers treat her as though she were a reigning princess.
- the period during which a monarch is the official ruler of a country
- a period during which a person or thing is dominant, influential, or powerfulthe reign of violence is over
- to exercise the power and authority of a sovereign
- to be accorded the rank and title of a sovereign without having ruling authority, as in a constitutional monarchy
- to predominate; prevaila land where darkness reigns
- (usually present participle) to be the most recent winner of a competition, contest, etcthe reigning heavyweight champion
Word Origin and History for reigning
early 13c., "kingdom," from Old French reigne "kingdom, land, country" (Modern French règne), from Latin regnum "kingship, dominion, rule, realm," related to regere (see regal). Meaning "period of rule" first recorded mid-14c.
"to hold or exercise sovereign power," late 13c., from Old French regner "rule, reign" (12c.), from Latin regnare "have royal power, be king, rule, reign," from regnum (see reign (n.)). Related: Reigned; reigning; regnal.