- The definition of reign is the time period of a ruling influence, or a prevalence.
- The 64 years that Queen Victoria ruled England is an example of a reign.
- The influence of the Beatles music is an example of a reign in rock and roll music.
- To reign is defined as to rule over a kingdom and subjects, or to be prominent.
- To serve as the monarch of England is an example of reign.
- The accepted rule of violence during the dark ages is an example of when violence would reign.
- royal power, authority, or rule; sovereignty
- dominance, prevalence, or sway: the reign of good will
- the period of rule, dominance, sway, etc.
Origin of reignMiddle English regne ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin regnum ; from regere, to rule: see right
- to rule as a sovereign
- to hold the title of sovereign, as in a constitutional monarchy
- to hold sway; prevail or predominate: when peace reigns
Origin of reignME regnen < OFr regner < L regnare, to rule < regnum
- Exercise of sovereign power, as by a monarch.
- The period during which a monarch rules.
- Dominance or widespread influence: the reign of reason.
intransitive verbreigned, reign·ing, reigns
- To exercise sovereign power.
- To hold the title of monarch, but with limited authority.
- To be predominant or prevalent: Panic reigned as the fire spread.
Origin of reignMiddle English reigne, from Old French, from Latin r&emacron;gnum, from r&emacron;x, r&emacron;g-, king; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present reigns, present participle reigning, simple past and past participle reigned)
- (intransitive) To exercise sovereign power, or to rule as a monarch
- He reigned in an autocratic manner.