Sovereign meaning

sŏv'ər-ĭn, sŏv'rĭn
Self-governing; independent.

A sovereign state.

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A nation that governs territory outside its borders.
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A gold coin formerly used in Great Britain.
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One that exercises supreme, permanent authority, especially in a nation or other governmental unit, as:
  • A king, queen, or other noble person who serves as chief of state; a ruler or monarch.
  • A national governing council or committee.
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Having supreme rank or power.

A sovereign prince.

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Paramount; supreme.

Her sovereign virtue is compassion.

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Above or superior to all others; chief; greatest; supreme.
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A person who possesses sovereign authority or power; specif., a monarch or ruler.
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Exercising power of rule.

Sovereign nation.

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One who is not a subject to a ruler or nation.
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Sovereign is defined as ruler with unlimited power, the chief or greatest, or independent.

A king is an example of someone with sovereign powers.

The value that is most important to a company is an example of something sovereign.

A country that has become independent is an example of something sovereign.

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Supreme in power, rank, or authority.
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Of or holding the position of ruler; royal; reigning.
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Independent of all others.

A sovereign state.

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Excellent; outstanding.
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Very effectual, as a cure or remedy.
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Of or having to do with the economy or finances of a national government.

Greece's sovereign debt.

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A British gold coin valued at 20 shillings or one pound sterling, no longer minted for circulation.
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Exceptional in quality.
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(now rare) Extremely potent or effective (of a medicine, remedy etc.).
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Having supreme, ultimate power.
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Princely; royal.
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Predominant; greatest; utmost; paramount.
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A monarch; the ruler of a country.
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A gold coin formerly used in the United Kingdom.
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A very large champagne bottle with the capacity of about 25 liters, equivalent to 33â…“ standard bottles.
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Any butterfly of the tribe Nymphalini, or genusBasilarchia, as the ursula and the viceroy.
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The definition of a sovereign is a king or queen, or a 19th century gold coin used in the UK.

An example of a sovereign is Queen Elizabeth.

A British gold coin worth 20 shillings in 1895 is an example of a sovereign.

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A person, state, or group that is preeminent and independent of the will of others; the ruler of an autocratic state. See also sovereignty.
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Origin of sovereign

  • Middle English soverain from Old French from Vulgar Latin superānus from Latin super above uper in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French soverain (whence also modern French souverain), from Vulgar Latin root *superānus (cf. Italian sovrano, Spanish soberano) from Latin super (“above"). Spelling influenced by folk-etymology association with reign. See also suzerain.
    From Wiktionary