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Definitions of sovereign

  1. a nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary right
  2. greatest in status or authority or power; " a supreme tribunal"
  3. Supreme or highest in power; superior to all others; chief; as, our sovereign prince.
  4. Independent of, and unlimited by, any other; possessing, or entitled to, original authority or jurisdiction; as, a sovereign state; a sovereign discretion.
  5. Princely; royal.
  6. Predominant; greatest; utmost; paramount.
  7. Efficacious in the highest degree; effectual; controlling; as, a sovereign remedy.
  8. The person, body, or state in which independent and supreme authority is vested; especially, in a monarchy, a king, queen, or emperor.
  9. 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.
  10. Royal; supreme in power; possessing supreme dominion or authority; unrestricted; as, sovereign rights; effectual; as, a sovereign remedy.
  11. A ruler, as a king, emperor, or queen; a British gold coin equal to $ 4. 8665; called also a pound.
  12. Supreme: possessing supreme power or dominion: superior to all others: utmost.
  13. A supreme ruler: a monarch: an English gold coin-$ 4. 86, gold standard.
  14. A supreme ruler; monarch; gold coin of twenty shillings.
  15. Supreme; having supreme authority.
  16. Having supreme power; royal; preeminent; paramount; potent.
  17. One who possesses supreme authority; a monarch.
  18. An English gold coin of the value of $ 4. 86.
  19. Possessing supreme dominion; superior to all others; supreme; effectual.
  20. A supreme ruler; a king, queen, or emperor; a gold coin, value 20s.
  21. An emperor; a king; a monarch; a supreme ruler; an English gold coin of the value of 20s.
  22. Supreme in power or efficacy; chief; having no superior.

Usage examples for sovereign

  1. I am playing no game, save for the legitimate sovereign of this kingdom. – The Puppet Crown by Harold MacGrath
  2. After dinner the conversation chanced to turn upon domestic economy, a quality which Miss Sparkes professed to hold in the most sovereign contempt. – Coelebs In Search of a Wife by Hannah More
  3. You return home, you go to your Sovereign, for I have a secret to tell you." – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  4. If the Red Emperor had been only an ordinary mortal he would have rejoiced, but he was a sovereign to boot! – Roumanian Fairy Tales by Various Compiler: Mite Kremnitz
  5. My fault, but not my body, pardon, sovereign. – King-Henry-V by Shakespeare, William
  6. Do you love her as your vassal, and let her love you as her sovereign lady and as her sister." – Four Arthurian Romances "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot" by Chretien DeTroyes
  7. For the grace which flows out of sovereign holiness is a minister of the holy Lord to make me holy. – My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year by John Henry Jowett
  8. You wish, then, to see the people sovereign? – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  9. Bob had a sovereign to get rid of. – The Nether World by George Gissing
  10. I only remembered now and then, when I saw Lessie's photograph hanging on the wall of my quarters, and the portrait she had set in the back of my sovereign- case, that she and me were husband and wife." – The Dop Doctor by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  11. Those are right sovereign ornaments. – The Noble Spanish Soldier by Thomas Dekker
  12. They gave her a cell and a clean cot to herself; and one of them, to whom she gave a sovereign, went out at her orders and bought for her a luxurious and abundant supper. – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth
  13. I wouldn't be in your shoes for a sovereign! – Dorothy at Oak Knowe by Evelyn Raymond
  14. They won't forget that sight, I'll bet a sovereign, not even when they grow up. – With Rimington by L. March Phillipps
  15. Here I speak as an artist: nobody who is not an artist can guess how sovereign over even his moral being, at a certain critical epoch in his career of artist or his life of man, is the success or the failure of a single work. – Kenelm Chillingly, Book 8. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  16. To drop in and give him a sovereign and let him talk had appeared simple. – T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  17. Mary had felt on the spot the sovereign charm of the place; it was reflected in her deeply intelligent glance, and Rowland immediately accused himself of not having done the villa justice. – Roderick Hudson by Henry James
  18. The people are the source of power- the sovereign. – Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions by George S. Boutwell
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