[duh-min-yuh n]
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  1. the power or right of governing and controlling; sovereign authority.
  2. rule; control; domination.
  3. a territory, usually of considerable size, in which a single rulership holds sway.
  4. lands or domains subject to sovereignty or control.
  5. Government. a territory constituting a self-governing commonwealth and being one of a number of such territories united in a community of nations, or empire: formerly applied to self-governing divisions of the British Empire, as Canada and New Zealand.
  6. dominions, Theology. domination(def 3).

Origin of dominion

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin *dominiōn- (stem of *dominiō) lordship, equivalent to Latin domin(ium) dominium + -iōn- -ion
Related formsin·ter·do·min·ion, adjectiveself-do·min·ion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for dominion


  1. rule; authority
  2. the land governed by one ruler or government
  3. sphere of influence; area of control
  4. a name formerly applied to self-governing divisions of the British Empire
  5. theDominion New Zealand
  6. law a less common word for dominium

Word Origin for dominion

C15: from Old French, from Latin dominium ownership, from dominus master
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Word Origin and History for dominion

early 15c., from Old French dominion "dominion, rule, power," from Medieval Latin dominionem (nominative dominio), corresponding to Latin dominium "property, ownership," from dominus (see domination).

British sovereign colonies often were called dominions, hence the Dominion of Canada, the formal title after the 1867 union, and Old Dominion, the popular name for the U.S. state of Virginia, first recorded 1778.

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