What does sovereign mean?

Definitions for sovereign
ˈsɒv rɪn, ˈsɒv ər ɪn, ˈsʌv-sov·er·eign

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sovereign, crowned head, monarchadjective

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

  2. autonomous, independent, self-governing, sovereignadjective

    (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces

    "an autonomous judiciary"; "a sovereign state"

  3. sovereign, supremeadjective

    greatest in status or authority or power

    "a supreme tribunal"

Wiktionary

  1. sovereignnoun

    A monarch; the ruler of a country.

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

  2. sovereignnoun

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

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

  3. sovereignnoun

    A gold coin minted by the United Kingdom.

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

  4. sovereignnoun

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

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

  5. sovereignadjective

    Exercising power of rule.

    sovereign nation

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

  6. sovereignadjective

    Exceptional in quality.

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

  7. sovereignadjective

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

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

  8. sovereignadjective

    Having supreme, ultimate power.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sovereignadjective

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

    Etymology: [OE. soverain, sovereyn, OF. soverain, suvrain, F. souverain, LL. superanus, fr. L. superus that is above, upper, higher, fr. super above. See Over, Super, and cf. Soprano. The modern spelling is due to a supposed connection with reign.]

  2. Sovereignadjective

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

    Etymology: [OE. soverain, sovereyn, OF. soverain, suvrain, F. souverain, LL. superanus, fr. L. superus that is above, upper, higher, fr. super above. See Over, Super, and cf. Soprano. The modern spelling is due to a supposed connection with reign.]

  3. Sovereignadjective

    princely; royal

    Etymology: [OE. soverain, sovereyn, OF. soverain, suvrain, F. souverain, LL. superanus, fr. L. superus that is above, upper, higher, fr. super above. See Over, Super, and cf. Soprano. The modern spelling is due to a supposed connection with reign.]

  4. Sovereignadjective

    predominant; greatest; utmost; paramount

    Etymology: [OE. soverain, sovereyn, OF. soverain, suvrain, F. souverain, LL. superanus, fr. L. superus that is above, upper, higher, fr. super above. See Over, Super, and cf. Soprano. The modern spelling is due to a supposed connection with reign.]

  5. Sovereignadjective

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

    Etymology: [OE. soverain, sovereyn, OF. soverain, suvrain, F. souverain, LL. superanus, fr. L. superus that is above, upper, higher, fr. super above. See Over, Super, and cf. Soprano. The modern spelling is due to a supposed connection with reign.]

  6. Sovereignnoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. soverain, sovereyn, OF. soverain, suvrain, F. souverain, LL. superanus, fr. L. superus that is above, upper, higher, fr. super above. See Over, Super, and cf. Soprano. The modern spelling is due to a supposed connection with reign.]

  7. Sovereignnoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. soverain, sovereyn, OF. soverain, suvrain, F. souverain, LL. superanus, fr. L. superus that is above, upper, higher, fr. super above. See Over, Super, and cf. Soprano. The modern spelling is due to a supposed connection with reign.]

  8. Sovereignnoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. soverain, sovereyn, OF. soverain, suvrain, F. souverain, LL. superanus, fr. L. superus that is above, upper, higher, fr. super above. See Over, Super, and cf. Soprano. The modern spelling is due to a supposed connection with reign.]

Freebase

  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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sovereign

    suv′rān, or sov′e-rān, adj. supreme: possessing supreme power or dominion: superior to all others: utmost: most efficacious—(Milt.) Sov′ran.—n. a supreme ruler: a monarch: a gold coin=20s.—v.t. to rule over as a sovereign.—adj. Sov′ereignest (Shak.), most effectual.—adv. Sov′ereignly, in a sovereign manner: in the highest degree: supremely.—n. Sov′ereignty, supreme power: dominion. [O. Fr. sovrain—Low L. superanus—L. super, supra, above.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Sovereign

    So called because when first struck, in the reign of Henry VIII., this gold coin had upon it a representation of that sovereign in his royal robes.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sovereign in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sovereign in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of sovereign in a Sentence

  1. Vladimir Putin:

    If Bulgaria is deprived of the possibility of behaving like a sovereign state, let them demand the money for the lost profit from the European Commission.

  2. Warwick Forster:

    Being the child of a parent organisation in Europe, all these announcements about cutting back and reduced targets has certainly added concerns about sovereign risk of investing in Australia.

  3. Zhang Baohui:

    We're in for a difficult time...when it comes to the Paracels, China is not going to budge on what it sees as its absolute sovereign rights, we could see China acting more swiftly and decisively to anything it sees as a so-called provocation in the Paracels.

  4. Vincenzo Longo:

    Draghi recognised that acting in a speedy fashion is necessary to avoid a deterioration in the inflation rate, The market extended gains as it started discounting quantitative easing on sovereign bonds from December.

  5. Luis Gonzali:

    It's likely that next week we will see strong outflows from Pemex bonds, while I believe Moody's was benevolent with the sovereign's rating, it wasn't with Pemex's rating, which, inevitably, now enters the universe of speculative bonds.

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