What does sovereign mean?

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

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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"


  1. sovereignnoun

    A monarch; the ruler of a country.

  2. sovereignnoun

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

  3. sovereignnoun

    A gold coin minted by the United Kingdom.

  4. sovereignnoun

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

  5. sovereignadjective

    Exercising power of rule.

    sovereign nation

  6. sovereignadjective

    Exceptional in quality.

  7. sovereignadjective

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

  8. sovereignadjective

    Having supreme, ultimate power.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sovereignadjective

    Etymology: souverain, French; sovrano, Spanish.

    As teaching bringeth us to know that God is our supreme truth; so prayer testifieth that we acknowledge him our sovereign good. Richard Hooker.

    You, my sovereign lady,
    Causeless have laid disgraces on my head. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.

    None of us who now thy grace implore,
    But held the rank of sovereign queen before,
    Till giddy chance, whose malice never bears
    That mortal bliss should last for length of years,
    Cast us headlong from our high estate. Dryden.

    Whether Esau, then, were a vassal to Jacob, and Jacob his sovereign prince by birth right, I leave the reader to judge. John Locke.

    A memorial of their fidelity and zeal, a sovereign preservative of God’s people from the venomous infection of heresy. Richard Hooker.

    The most sovereign prescription in Galen is but empirick; and to this preservative of no better report than a horse-drench. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Love-wounded Protheus,
    My bosom, as a bed,
    Shall lodge thee, till thy wound be throughly heal’d,
    And thus I search it with a sov’reign kiss. William Shakespeare.

    A water we call water of paradise, by that we do to it, is made very sovereign for health. Francis Bacon.

    Like the scum starv’d men did draw
    From parboil’d shoes and boots, and all the rest
    Which were with any sovereign fatness blest. John Donne.

    Be cool, my friend, and hear my muse dispense
    Some sovereign comforts drawn from common sense. Dryden.

  2. Sovereignnoun

    Supreme lord.

    O, let my sovereign turn away his face,
    And bid his ears a little while be deaf. William Shakespeare.

    By my sovereign, and his fate, I swear,
    Renown’d for faith in peace, for force in war,
    Oft our alliance other lands desir’d. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sovereignadjective

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

  2. Sovereignadjective

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

  3. Sovereignadjective

    princely; royal

  4. Sovereignadjective

    predominant; greatest; utmost; paramount

  5. Sovereignadjective

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

  6. Sovereignnoun

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

  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

  8. Sovereignnoun

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

  9. 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.]


  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. Kwon Jong Gun:

    Even the U.S. president made a remark which in effect recognizes the self-defensive rights of a sovereign state, saying that it is a small missile test which a lot of countries do.

  2. 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.

  3. Vladimir Putin:

    Based on Ivan Dymchuk reaction to Ukraine acting as a sovereign country, we can expect anything from Ivan Dymchuk.

  4. Aaron Gifford:

    The base case is Moody's downgrades the sovereign by one notch in Q2 2020 because of the need to continue to bail out Pemex as well as an erosion of savings used to meet fiscal targets.

  5. Mary Creagh:

    The government must urgently plug this policy gap and publish its plan to secure the investment required to meet the UK's climate change targets, it should provide greater clarity on how it intends to deliver the Clean Growth Strategy by the 2018 Budget, and explore how a sovereign green bond could kickstart its Clean Growth Strategy.

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