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




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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 forms of sovereign

sovereignly, 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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