What does reign mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word reign.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. reignnoun

    a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful

    "he was helpless under the reign of his egotism"

  2. reignnoun

    the period during which a monarch is sovereign

    "during the reign of Henry VIII"

  3. reign, sovereigntyverb

    royal authority; the dominion of a monarch

  4. reignverb

    have sovereign power

    "Henry VIII reigned for a long time"

  5. predominate, dominate, rule, reign, prevailverb

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

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


  1. reignnoun

    The exercise of sovereign power.

    England prosperred under Elizabeth's reign.

  2. reignnoun

    The period during which a monarch rules.

    The reign of Victoria was a long one.

  3. reignverb

    To exercise sovereign power, or to rule as a monarch

    He reigned in an autocratic manner.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reignnoun

    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.

    Russel’s blood
    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.

  2. To Reignverb

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reignnoun

    royal authority; supreme power; sovereignty; rule; dominion

  2. Reignnoun

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

  3. Reignnoun

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

  4. Reignnoun

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

  5. Reignnoun

    hence, to be predominant; to prevail

  6. Reignnoun

    to have superior or uncontrolled dominion; to rule

  7. Etymology: [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

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  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

Examples of reign in a Sentence

  1. Prime Minister David Cameron:

    She has served our nation with such dignity, with such ability for so many years. I know the whole country and the whole House (of Commons) will want to join me in saying 'long may she reign over us'.

  2. Jeffrey Kingston:

    It is his reign name to shape through his actions and gestures.

  3. Milan Kundera:

    The reign of imagagology begins where history ends.

  4. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work:

    This is designed to make the human more effective in combat, we believe that the advantage we have is ... our people; that tech-savvy people who've grown up in the iWorld will kick the crap out of people who grew up in the iWorld under an authoritarian reign.

  5. Queen Victoria:

    I am every day more convinced that we women, if we are to be good women, feminine and amiable and domestic, are not fitted to reign; at least it is they that drive themselves to the work which it entails.

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    • A. profound
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