Definitions for reign
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word reign.
a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful
"he was helpless under the reign of his egotism"
the period during which a monarch is sovereign
"during the reign of Henry VIII"
royal authority; the dominion of a monarch
have sovereign power
"Henry VIII reigned for a long time"
predominate, dominate, rule, reign, prevailverb
be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance
"Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"
The exercise of sovereign power.
England prosperred under Elizabeth's reign.
The period during which a monarch rules.
The reign of Victoria was a long one.
To exercise sovereign power, or to rule as a monarch
He reigned in an autocratic manner.
Etymology: regnen < and regner, from the verb regno, and the noun regnum
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: regne, Fr. regnum, Lat.
He who like a father held his reign,
So soon forgot, was just and wise in vain. Alexander Pope.
Queer country puts extol queen Bess’s reign,
And of lost hospitality complain. James Bramston.
Stain’d the sad annals of a giddy reign. James Thomson.
Saturn’s sons receiv’d the threefold reign
Of heav’n, of ocean and deep hell beneath. Matthew Prior.
That wrath which hurl’d to Pluto’s gloomy reign,
The souls of mighty chiefs untimely slain. Alexander Pope.
Etymology: regno, Lat. regner, Fr.
This, done by them, gave them such an authority, that though he reigned, they in effect ruled, most men honouring them, because they only deserved honour. Philip Sidney, b. ii.
Tell me, shall Banquo’s issue ever
Reign in this kingdom? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
A king shall reign in righteousness, and princes rule in judgment. Is. xxxi. I.
Did he not first sev’n years a life-time reign. Abraham Cowley.
This right arm shall fix
Her seat of empire; and your son shall reign. Ambrose Philips.
Now did the sign reign, under which Perkin should appear. Francis Bacon.
More are sick in the summer, and more die in the winter, except in pestilent diseases, which commonly reign in summer or autumn. Francis Bacon.
Great secrecy reigns in their publick councils. Addison.
That as sin reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ. Romans.
A reign is the period of a person's or dynasty's occupation of the office of monarch of a nation (e.g., Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Andorra), of a people (e.g., the Franks, the Zulus) or of a spiritual community (e.g., Catholicism, Tibetan Buddhism, Nizari Ismailism). In most hereditary monarchies and some elective monarchies (e.g., Holy Roman Empire) there have been no limits on the duration of a sovereign's reign or incumbency, nor is there a term of office. Thus, a reign usually lasts until the monarch dies, unless the monarchy itself is abolished or the monarch abdicates or is deposed. In elective monarchies, there may be a fixed period of time for the duration of the monarch's tenure in office (e.g., Malaysia).
royal authority; supreme power; sovereignty; rule; dominion
the territory or sphere which is reigned over; kingdom; empire; realm; dominion
the time during which a king, queen, or emperor possesses the supreme authority; as, it happened in the reign of Elizabeth
to possess or exercise sovereign power or authority; to exercise government, as a king or emperor;; to hold supreme power; to rule
hence, to be predominant; to prevail
to have superior or uncontrolled dominion; to rule
Etymology: [OE. regne, OF. reigne, regne, F. rgne, fr. L. regnum, fr. rex, regis, a king, fr. regere to guide, rule. See Regal, Regimen.]
A reign is the period of a person's or dynasty's occupation of the office of monarch of a nation or of a people or of a spiritual community. In most hereditary monarchies and some elective monarchies there have been no limits on the duration of a sovereign's reign or incumbency, nor is there a term of office. Thus, a reign usually lasts until the monarch dies, unless the monarchy itself is abolished or the monarch abdicates or is deposed. In elective monarchies, there may be a fixed period of time for the duration of the monarch's tenure in office. The term of a reign can be indicated with the abbreviation "r." after a sovereign's name, such as the following:
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rān, n. rule: dominion, as Reign of Terror: royal authority: supreme power: influence: time during which a sovereign rules.—v.i. to rule: to have sovereign power: to be predominant. [Fr. règne—L. regnum—regĕre, to rule.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'reign' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4816
Rank popularity for the word 'reign' in Nouns Frequency: #1986
The numerical value of reign in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of reign in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
If the Emperor claims descent from the sun goddess, then the stability of his reign is that much more secure.
The World Trade Center came down during the reign of George Bush, that's not keeping us safe. ... George Bush made a mistake. We can make mistakes. But that one was a beauty. We should have never been in Iraq. We have destabilized the Middle East.
It’s time that the reign of criminals who are destroying our city to comes to an end.
We must end their murderous reign and prevent them from not only continuing to wreak havoc, terror and violence in the area where they are operating, but export it.
Better reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven.
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- regnar, regnatCatalan, Valencian
- vláda, vládnoutCzech
- Regentschaft, Herrschaft, regieren, herrschenGerman
- reinar, reinadoSpanish
- سلطنت کنPersian
- valta-aika, hallita, hallituskausiFinnish
- régner, règneFrench
- uralom, uralkodikHungarian
- regnare, regnoItalian
- فهرمان ڕهوایهتیKurdish
- regeren, heerschap, bestuur, regering, heerschappij, troonDutch
- maktutøvelse, regjere, regjeringstidNorwegian
- reinar, reinadoPortuguese
- верховная власть, править, царствовать, царствование, правлениеRussian
- vladavina, vladatiSlovene
- regera, härska, regeringstid, regeringSwedish
- triều đạiVietnamese
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