- the period during which a sovereign occupies the throne.
- royal rule or authority; sovereignty.
- dominating power or influence: the reign of law.
- to possess or exercise sovereign power or authority.
- to hold the position and name of sovereign without exercising the ruling power.
- to have control, rule, or influence of any kind.
- to predominate; be prevalent.
Origin of reign
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Examples from the Web for reign
“I think Sex Ed is equally, if not more, important than mathematics or English,” says Reign.The Next Frontier of Sex Ed: How Porn Twists Teens’ Brains
November 29, 2014
However it is that she got there, we know the reign of the tyrants at Grady Memorial is coming to a close.The Walking Dead’s ‘Slabtown’: The Real Source of Terror Isn’t Walkers, It’s Rape
November 3, 2014
Umberto, who went by Albert, oversaw mob killings during his reign in the mid-1900s.Brooklyn’s Gangster Graveyard
October 23, 2014
But one thing is becoming clearer: No matter who is nominally in charge, chaos will reign.There’s a Senate Civil War Coming, No Matter Who Wins in November
October 14, 2014
Thompson beat out Charles Hynes for Brooklyn DA, ending a reign that last more than 23 years.The Orthodox Sex Abuse Crackdown That Wasn’t
October 7, 2014
Yet the period of Victoria's reign will often be spoken of in history as the Gladstonian Era.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
From the first to the last moment of her reign, she combined the courtesan with the assassin.Ridgeway
O, when will the reign of perfect charity, that "thinketh no evil," commence!Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
She used to reign over what they called the "Island of Mere."It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Unfortunate was the commencement of my reign—unfortunate its end.Leila, Complete
- the period during which a monarch is the official ruler of a country
- a period during which a person or thing is dominant, influential, or powerfulthe reign of violence is over
- to exercise the power and authority of a sovereign
- to be accorded the rank and title of a sovereign without having ruling authority, as in a constitutional monarchy
- to predominate; prevaila land where darkness reigns
- (usually present participle) to be the most recent winner of a competition, contest, etcthe reigning heavyweight champion
Word Origin and History for reign
early 13c., "kingdom," from Old French reigne "kingdom, land, country" (Modern French règne), from Latin regnum "kingship, dominion, rule, realm," related to regere (see regal). Meaning "period of rule" first recorded mid-14c.
"to hold or exercise sovereign power," late 13c., from Old French regner "rule, reign" (12c.), from Latin regnare "have royal power, be king, rule, reign," from regnum (see reign (n.)). Related: Reigned; reigning; regnal.