What does reign mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reign(noun)

    a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful

    "he was helpless under the reign of his egotism"

  2. reign(noun)

    the period during which a monarch is sovereign

    "during the reign of Henry VIII"

  3. reign, sovereignty(verb)

    royal authority; the dominion of a monarch

  4. reign(verb)

    have sovereign power

    "Henry VIII reigned for a long time"

  5. predominate, dominate, rule, reign, prevail(verb)

    be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance

    "Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in this neighborhood"


  1. reign(Noun)

    The exercise of sovereign power.

    England prosperred under Elizabeth's reign.

  2. reign(Noun)

    The period during which a monarch rules.

    The reign of Victoria was a long one.

  3. reign(Verb)

    To exercise sovereign power, or to rule as a monarch

    He reigned in an autocratic manner.

  4. Origin: regnen < and regner, from the verb regno, and the noun regnum

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reign(noun)

    royal authority; supreme power; sovereignty; rule; dominion

  2. Reign(noun)

    the territory or sphere which is reigned over; kingdom; empire; realm; dominion

  3. Reign(noun)

    the time during which a king, queen, or emperor possesses the supreme authority; as, it happened in the reign of Elizabeth

  4. Reign(noun)

    to possess or exercise sovereign power or authority; to exercise government, as a king or emperor;; to hold supreme power; to rule

  5. Reign(noun)

    hence, to be predominant; to prevail

  6. Reign(noun)

    to have superior or uncontrolled dominion; to rule

  7. Origin: [OE. regne, OF. reigne, regne, F. rgne, fr. L. regnum, fr. rex, regis, a king, fr. regere to guide, rule. See Regal, Regimen.]


  1. Reign

    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

  1. Reign

    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. regnumregĕre, to rule.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reign' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4816

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'reign' in Nouns Frequency: #1986

Anagrams for reign »

  1. niger, Niger, renig

  2. Niger

  3. Renig


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reign in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reign in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sarah Rodriguez:

    Free reign is not the case.

  2. John Milton, Paradise Lost:

    Better reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven.

  3. John Milton, Paradise Lost:

    Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.

  4. Milan Kundera:

    The reign of imagagology begins where history ends.

  5. Mohamed Ibn Chambas:

    These countries cannot sit by idly when these terrorists have free reign in this area.

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