interregnum

[ in-ter-reg-nuhm ]
/ 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.

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Origin of interregnum

First recorded in 1570–80; from Latin; originally “the period between the death of the old king and the accession of the new one,” equivalent to inter- preposition and prefix + regnum “office or power of a king, kingship, kingdom”; see origin at inter-, reign

OTHER WORDS FROM interregnum

in·ter·reg·nal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for interregnum

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 forms of interregnum

interregnal, adjective

Word Origin for interregnum

C16: from Latin, from inter- + regnum reign
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