What does sovereign mean?

Definitions for sovereign
ˈsɒv rɪn, ˈsɒv ər ɪn, ˈsʌv-sovereign

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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

  9. Origin: [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.]


  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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  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. Frank Petosa:

    The concern is the sovereign immunity.

  2. King Charles I:

    A subject and a sovereign are clean different things.

  3. Ambrose Bierce:

    Alien. An American sovereign in his probationary state.

  4. Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski:

    This is a responsibility of the sovereign state of Nigeria.

  5. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty:

    Over one mind and over ones body the individual is sovereign.

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