- reigning; ruling (usually used following the noun it modifies): a queen regnant.
- exercising authority, rule, or influence.
- prevalent; widespread.
Origin of regnant
Examples from the Web for regnant
It was urged that Nero was then regnant when this command of non-resistance was given.Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)
Even a mild admonition from the regnant Pope had failed to produce any effect.The Shadow of the Czar
John R. Carling
It was the regnant minority which rushed the South into secession.The Arena
His regnant desires, by which his worthy little life was governed, were to love and to please.Lords of the Housetops
In the regnant silence she rose, laid aside her book, softly opened the door, and stepped as softly into the narrow passage.There and Back
- (postpositive) reigning
- prevalent; current
Word Origin and History for regnant
"reigning, exercising authority," c.1600, from Latin regnantem (nominative regnans) "reigning," present participle stem of regnare "to reign" (see reign). Adjective regnal (1610s) means "pertaining to a reign," especially in reference to the day or year a reign began.