[ sov-rin, sov-er-in, suhv- ]
/ ˈsɒv rɪn, ˈsɒv ər ɪn, ˈsʌv- /
a monarch; a king, queen, or other supreme ruler.
a person who has supreme power or authority.
a group or body of persons or a state having sovereign authority.
a gold coin of the United Kingdom, equal to one pound sterling: went out of circulation after 1914.
belonging to or characteristic of a sovereign or sovereign authority; royal.
having supreme rank, power, or authority.
supreme; preeminent; indisputable: a sovereign right.
greatest in degree; utmost or extreme.
being above all others in character, importance, excellence, etc.
efficacious; potent: a sovereign remedy.
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Origin of sovereign
sov·er·eign·ly, adverbnon·sov·er·eign, noun, adjectivenon·sov·er·eign·ly, adverbqua·si-sov·er·eign, adjective
sub·sov·er·eign, noun, adjectivesu·per·sov·er·eign, adjective, nounun·der·sov·er·eign, nounun·sov·er·eign, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for non-sovereign
/ (ˈsɒvrɪn) /
a person exercising supreme authority, esp a monarch
a former British gold coin worth one pound sterling
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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