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From Template:Fro [[soverain#|soverain]] (whence also modern French [[souverain#|souverain]]), from Template:VL. root *superānus (compare Italian sovrano, Spanish soberano) from Latin [[super#|super]] (above). Spelling influenced by folk-etymology association with [[reign#|reign]]. See also suzerain.




  1. Exercising power of rule.
    sovereign nation
  2. Exceptional in quality.
  3. (Articlesnow Articlesrare) Extremely potent or effective (of a medicine, remedy etc.).
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.v:
      The soueraigne weede betwixt two marbles plaine / She pownded small, and did in peeces bruze, / And then atweene her lilly handes twaine, / Into his wound the iuyce thereof did scruze .{{#invoke:String|rep| .|2}}
    • Template:Rfdate Dryden
      a sovereign remedy
    • Template:Rfdate South
      Such a sovereign influence has this passion upon the regulation of the lives and actions of men.
  4. Having supreme, ultimate power.
  5. Princely; royal.
  6. Predominant; greatest; utmost; paramount.

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Sovereign (plural [[Sovereigns#|Sovereigns]])
  1. A monarch; the ruler of a country.
    • Jefferson
      No question is to be made but that the bed of the Mississippi belongs to the sovereign, that is, to the nation.
  2. One who is not a subject to a ruler or nation.
  3. A gold coin of the United Kingdom, with a nominal value of one pound sterling but in practice used as a bullion coin.
  4. A very large champagne bottle with the capacity of about 25 liters, equivalent to 33⅓ standard bottles.
  5. Any butterfly of the tribe Template:Taxlink, or genus Template:Taxlink, as the Template:Vern and the viceroy.
  6. Template:Label A large, garish ring; a sovereign ring.


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See also

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