sovereign

[sov-rin, sov-er-in, suhv-]
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noun

adjective


Nearby words

  1. souvenir sheet,
  2. souvlaki,
  3. souvlakia,
  4. sov language,
  5. sov. un.,
  6. sovereigntist,
  7. sovereignty,
  8. sovereignty association,
  9. sovetsk,
  10. soviet

Origin of sovereign

1250–1300; Middle English soverain (alteration by influence of reign) < Old French soverain < Vulgar Latin *superānus, equivalent to Latin super- super- + -ānus -an

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for non-sovereign

sovereign

noun

a person exercising supreme authority, esp a monarch
a former British gold coin worth one pound sterling

adjective

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
Derived Formssovereignly, adverb

Word Origin for sovereign

C13: from Old French soverain, from Vulgar Latin superānus (unattested), from Latin super above; also influenced by reign

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Word Origin and History for non-sovereign
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