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ruler

[ roo-ler ]
/ ˈru lər /
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noun

a person who rules or governs; sovereign.
Also rule. a strip of wood, metal, or other material having a straight edge and usually marked off in inches or centimeters, used for drawing lines, measuring, etc.
a person or thing that rules paper, wood, etc.
Astrology. the planet primarily associated with any sign of the zodiac or any house of the horoscope: The ruler of Aries is Mars. The ruler of Taurus is Venus.

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Origin of ruler

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at rule, -er1

OTHER WORDS FROM ruler

sub·rul·er, nounun·der·rul·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ruler

ruler
/ (ˈruːlə) /

noun

a person who rules or commands
Also called: rule a strip of wood, metal, or other material, having straight edges graduated usually in millimetres or inches, used for measuring and drawing straight lines
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