Definitions for sovereignˈsɒv rɪn, ˈsɒv ər ɪn, ˈsʌv-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sov•er•eignˈsɒv rɪn, ˈsɒv ər ɪn, ˈsʌv-(n.)

  1. a monarch or other supreme ruler.

    Category: Government

  2. a person who has sovereign power or authority.

    Category: Government

  3. a body of persons or a state having sovereign authority.

    Category: Government

  4. a gold coin of the United Kingdom, equal to one pound sterling: went out of circulation after 1914.

    Category: Numismatics

  5. (adj.)belonging to or characteristic of a sovereign or sovereignty; royal.

    Category: Government

  6. having supreme rank, power, or authority.

  7. supreme; preeminent; indisputable:

    sovereign power; a sovereign right.

  8. greatest in degree; utmost or extreme.

  9. being above all others in character, importance, excellence, etc.

  10. efficacious; potent:

    a sovereign remedy.

Origin of sovereign:

1250–1300; < OF < VL *superānus= L super-super - +-ānus -an1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. sovereign, crowned head, monarch(adj)

    a nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary right

  2. autonomous, independent, self-governing, sovereign(adj)

    (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces

    "an autonomous judiciary"; "a sovereign state"

  3. sovereign, supreme(adj)

    greatest in status or authority or power

    "a supreme tribunal"


  1. sovereign(Noun)

    A monarch; the ruler of a country.

  2. sovereign(Noun)

    One who is not a subject to a ruler or nation.

  3. sovereign(Noun)

    A gold coin minted by the United Kingdom.

  4. sovereign(Noun)

    A very large champagne bottle with the capacity of about 25 liters, equivalent to 33u2153 standard bottles.

  5. sovereign(Adjective)

    Exercising power of rule.

    sovereign nation

  6. sovereign(Adjective)

    Exceptional in quality.

  7. sovereign(Adjective)

    Extremely potent or effective (of a medicine, remedy etc.).

  8. sovereign(Adjective)

    Having supreme, ultimate power.

  9. Origin: From soverain, from root *superānus (cf. Italian sovrano, Spanish soberano) from Latin super. Spelling influenced by folk-etymology association with reign.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sovereign(adj)

    supreme or highest in power; superior to all others; chief; as, our sovereign prince

  2. Sovereign(adj)

    independent of, and unlimited by, any other; possessing, or entitled to, original authority or jurisdiction; as, a sovereign state; a sovereign discretion

  3. Sovereign(adj)

    princely; royal

  4. Sovereign(adj)

    predominant; greatest; utmost; paramount

  5. Sovereign(adj)

    efficacious in the highest degree; effectual; controlling; as, a sovereign remedy

  6. Sovereign(noun)

    the person, body, or state in which independent and supreme authority is vested; especially, in a monarchy, a king, queen, or emperor

  7. Sovereign(noun)

    a gold coin of Great Britain, on which an effigy of the head of the reigning king or queen is stamped, valued at one pound sterling, or about $4.86

  8. Sovereign(noun)

    any butterfly of the tribe Nymphalidi, or genus Basilarchia, as the ursula and the viceroy


  1. Sovereign

    Sovereign is an EP by the Oakland, California band Neurosis. As with the previous album, Times of Grace it was recorded by Steve Albini at Electric Audio in Chicago, Illinois. The CD contains a mixed-media CD-Rom portion featuring visuals and music reminiscent of their live shows and their work under the Tribes of Neurot moniker. In 2011 Neurot Recordings released a reissue that includes bonus track "Misgiven".

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(of a country) self-governing

a sovereign state.

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