[ in-ter-reg-nuh m ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈrɛg nəm /

noun, plural in·ter·reg·nums, in·ter·reg·na [in-ter-reg-nuh] /ˌɪn tərˈrɛg nə/.

an interval of time between the close of a sovereign's reign and the accession of his or her normal or legitimate successor.
any period during which a state has no ruler or only a temporary executive.
any period of freedom from the usual authority.
any pause or interruption in continuity.

Nearby words

  1. interradial,
  2. interradicular alveoloplasty,
  3. interradicular space,
  4. interrecord gap,
  5. interregional,
  6. interrelate,
  7. interrelated,
  8. interrelation,
  9. interrelationship,
  10. interreligious

Origin of interregnum

1570–80; < Latin, equivalent to inter- inter- + rēgnum reign

Related formsin·ter·reg·nal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for interregnum


/ (ˌɪntəˈrɛɡnəm) /

noun plural -nums or -na (-nə)

an interval between two reigns, governments, incumbencies, etc
any period in which a state lacks a ruler, government, etc
a period of absence of some control, authority, etc
a gap in a continuity
Derived Formsinterregnal, adjective

Word Origin for interregnum

C16: from Latin, from inter- + regnum reign

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Word Origin and History for interregnum



1570s, from Latin interregnum, literally "between-reign," from inter- (see inter-) + regnum (see reign). In the republic, a vacancy in the consulate.

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