- a monarch; a king, queen, or other supreme ruler.
- a person who has supreme power or authority.
- a group or body of persons or a state having sovereign authority.
- a gold coin of the United Kingdom, equal to one pound sterling: went out of circulation after 1914.
- belonging to or characteristic of a sovereign or sovereign authority; royal.
- having supreme rank, power, or authority.
- supreme; preeminent; indisputable: a sovereign right.
- greatest in degree; utmost or extreme.
- being above all others in character, importance, excellence, etc.
- efficacious; potent: a sovereign remedy.
Origin of sovereign
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Examples from the Web for sovereignly
He was not a sovereignly autonomous Hemingway, or Mailer, or Roth.Writing Off Updike
February 1, 2009
"That was very pretty in her; it was sovereignly gracious," said Elmore.A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories
William D. Howells
All the notes were firm, and rounded, and sovereignly distinct.Sandra Belloni, Complete
Since it is sovereignly perfect, what need of development would it have?
It is sovereignly absolute only because it is simple and first.
Since he is by himself, he is sovereignly, and since he is sovereignly, he has all being in himself.Fundamental Philosophy, Vol. I (of 2)
Jaime Luciano Balmes
- a person exercising supreme authority, esp a monarch
- a former British gold coin worth one pound sterling
- supreme in rank or authoritya sovereign lord
- excellent or outstandinga sovereign remedy
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a sovereign
- independent of outside authoritya sovereign state
Word Origin and History for sovereignly
late 13c., "superior, ruler, master," from Old French soverain "sovereign, lord, ruler," noun use of adjective meaning "highest, supreme, chief" (see sovereign (adj.)). Meaning "gold coin worth 22s 6d" first recorded late 15c.; value changed 1817 to 1 pound.
early 14c., "great, superior, supreme," from Old French soverain "highest, supreme, chief," from Vulgar Latin *superanus "chief, principal" (source also of Spanish soberano, Italian soprano), from Latin super "over" (see super-). Spelling influenced by folk-etymology association with reign. Milton spelled it sovran, as though from Italian sovrano. Of remedies or medicines, "potent in a high degree," from late 14c.