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Definitions of reign

  1. royal authority; the dominion of a monarch
  2. the period during which a monarch is sovereign; " during the reign of Henry VIII"
  3. a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful; " he was helpless under the reign of his egotism"
  4. The territory or sphere which is reigned over; kingdom; empire; realm; dominion.
  5. The time during which a king, queen, or emperor possesses the supreme authority; as, it happened in the reign of Elizabeth.
  6. To possess or exercise sovereign power or authority; to exercise government, as a king or emperor;; to hold supreme power; to rule.
  7. Hence, to be predominant; to prevail.
  8. To have superior or uncontrolled dominion; to rule.
  9. That which is prescribed or laid down as a guide for conduct or action; a governing direction for a specific purpose; an authoritative enactment; a regulation; a prescription; a precept; as, the rules of various societies; the rules governing a school; a rule of etiquette or propriety; the rules of cricket.
  10. Supreme rule; royal power; time during which a ruler holds sway; prevailing control or influence; as, the reign of law.
  11. To exercise royal authority; rule; to prevail, as a plague, fear, etc.
  12. Rule: dominion: royal authority: supreme power: influence: time during which a sovereign rules.
  13. To rule: to have sovereign power: to be predominant.
  14. Rule, or time of rule, of a sovereign; influence; control.
  15. To rule as a sovereign; prevail.
  16. To have the authority of a sovereign; rule; control.
  17. Sovereignty; dominion; influence; the time of a sovereign's rule.
  18. Royal authority; supreme power; sovereignty; the time during which a king, & c., reigns; dominion; influence.
  19. To rule as a king; to prevail; to govern.
  20. To rule as a king; to be king; to hold supreme power; to be predominant.
  21. Supreme power; sovereignty; the time during which a king rules; empire; power; influence.

Usage examples for reign

  1. Masculine independence was aroused in him, and held reign in riotous good spirits. – A Man's Hearth by Eleanor M. Ingram
  2. Sleep had long held its reign in Fallowfield. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. The same splendor, in more or less degree, was maintained throughout the entire palace during the reign of the Moguls. – Modern India by William Eleroy Curtis
  4. I was born in the last year of King James's reign. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  5. After Queen Anne's reign, the main interest of English Church history rests for a time on the religious thought of the age rather than on its practice. – The English Church in the Eighteenth Century by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
  6. We have lost his account of Vespasian's reign. – Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
  7. This is Albumazar, attributed to one Thomas Tomkis, and in all probability a university play of about the middle of James's reign. – A History of English Literature Elizabethan Literature by George Saintsbury
  8. Only, I must reign alone in at least one home, one heart! – John March, Southerner by George W. Cable
  9. While Jesus, with his high spirit of power, over the hosts shall reign. – The Secret of the Creation by Howard D. Pollyen
  10. Ah, how difficult it is to reign! – Cinq Mars, Complete by Alfred de Vigny Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  11. You must see them also; they are in the Dutch garden; they were put up in the reign of George the First. – Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  12. The reign of terror which had lasted two and a half months was ended, and Paris lay like a ship that having passed through a great storm lies at last in calm water, battered and beaten. – Dross by Henry Seton Merriman
  13. Well may we tremble now; what manners reign? – The Poetical Works of Edward Young, Volume 2 by Edward Young
  14. So you fancied you were going to reign at Dene? – Barren Honour: A Novel by George A. Lawrence
  15. So, as long as you are a 'prisoner of hope' in here, I'll reign supreme in the dressing- room. – Not Pretty, But Precious by John Hay, et al.
  16. Beauty is queen, and although her reign may be short it is absolute. – East of the Shadows by Mrs. Hubert Barclay
  17. Done at Our Palace, at Honolulu, this third day of October, in the year of Our Lord 1859, and the fifth year of Our Reign. – Speeches of His Majesty Kamehameha IV. To the Hawaiian Legislature by Kamehameha IV
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