an interval of time between the close of a sovereign's reign and the accession of their 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.
- in·ter·reg·nal, adjective
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How to use interregnum in a sentence
So what you have is that strange interregnum, where people are queueing around the corner.“I’ve Been Working My Ass Off for You to Make that Profit?” (Ep. 485) | Stephen J. Dubner | December 9, 2021 | Freakonomics
Nearly every state is currently reporting mortality figures resembling the interregnum last summer or last October, between peaks that began in June and again in the fall.Is the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Working? We're Not Sure Yet | Chris Wilson | April 8, 2021 | Time
The researchers noticed that one colony’s chirps began to vary in the interregnum after their queen died, only to fall in line with a new monarch’s dialect when she took the throne.Like humans, naked mole-rats have regional accents | Rahul Rao | February 25, 2021 | Popular-Science
Costner was an earnest man for an earnest time: the patriotic, self-serious interregnum between Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.
Most comically of all, I will never forget the brief Al-Sharpton-has-been-redeemed interregnum.
Throughout the bitter four-month interregnum, President Herbert Hoover had tried to get FDR to endorse joint policy statements.
The establishment of a British Consulate there, after a long interregnum, was either the cause or excuse for an outbreak.The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
Thus the Civil War and the interregnum (1642-60) may be regarded as marking a watershed in the financial history of the country.
I do pity you, with the drunken Christmas workmen keeping you in this uncomfortable interregnum.George Eliot's Life, Vol. I (of 3) | George Eliot
Moreover, the severest prohibitions were naturally mitigated during an interregnum.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Vol 2 | J. H. Merle D'Aubign
Thus did the hours creep on until darkness with its interregnum of peace had fallen on the city.The Siege of Kimberley | T. Phelan
British Dictionary definitions for interregnum
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
- interregnal, adjective
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