[ sov-rin, sov-er-in, suhv- ]
/ ˈsɒv rɪn, ˈsɒv ər ɪn, ˈsʌv- /



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

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British Dictionary definitions for 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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Word Origin and History for sovereign
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