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DOMINION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Dominion mean? 

DOMINION (noun)
  The noun DOMINION has 3 senses:

1. dominance or power through legal authority
2. a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
3. one of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth

  Familiarity information: DOMINION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DOMINION (noun)


Sense 1dominion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dominance or power through legal authority

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

dominion; rule

Context examples:

France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa / the rule of Caesar

Hypernyms ("dominion" is a kind of...):

ascendance; ascendancy; ascendence; ascendency; control; dominance (the state that exists when one person or group has power over another)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dominion"):

paramountcy (the state of being paramount; the highest rank or authority)

raj (British dominion over India (1757-1947))

reign; sovereignty (royal authority; the dominion of a monarch)

suzerainty (the position or authority of a suzerain)


Sense 2dominion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A region marked off for administrative or other purposes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

district; territorial dominion; territory; dominion

Hypernyms ("dominion" is a kind of...):

region (a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dominion"):

administrative district; administrative division; territorial division (a district defined for administrative purposes)

trust territory; trusteeship (a dependent country; administered by another country under the supervision of the United Nations)

possession (a territory that is controlled by a ruling state)

associated state; protectorate (a state or territory partly controlled by (but not a possession of) a stronger state but autonomous in internal affairs; protectorates are established by treaty)

mandate; mandatory (a territory surrendered by Turkey or Germany after World War I and put under the tutelage of some other European power until they are able to stand by themselves)

jurisdiction (in law; the territory within which power can be exercised)

goldfield (a district where gold is mined)

community; residential area; residential district (a district where people live; occupied primarily by private residences)

palatinate (a territory under the jurisdiction of a count palatine)

enclave (an enclosed territory that is culturally distinct from the foreign territory that surrounds it)

development (a district that has been developed to serve some purpose)

congressional district (a territorial division of a state; entitled to elect one member to the United States House of Representatives)

city district (a district of a town or city)

border district; borderland; march; marchland (district consisting of the area on either side of a border or boundary of a country or an area)

Instance hyponyms:

KwaZulu-Natal; Natal (a region of eastern South Africa on the Indian Ocean)

West Malaysia (the region of Malaysia on the Malay Peninsula)

Sarawak (a region of Malaysia on northwestern Borneo)

North Borneo; Sabah (a region of Malaysia in northeastern Borneo)

East Malaysia (the part of Malaysia that is on the island of Borneo)

American Samoa; AS; Eastern Samoa (a United States territory on the eastern part of the island of Samoa)

Aragon (a region of northeastern Spain; a former kingdom that united with Castile in 1479 to form Spain (after the marriage of Ferdinand V and Isabella I))

Castile; Castilla (a region of central Spain; a former kingdom that comprised most of modern Spain and united with Aragon to form Spain in 1479)

Catalonia (a region of northeastern Spain)

Darfur (an impoverished region of western Sudan)

Kordofan (a mountainous province of central Sudan)

Louisiana Purchase (territory in the western United States purchased from France in 1803 for $15 million; extends from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada)

Lothian Region (a district in southeast central Scotland (south side of the Firth of Forth) and the location of Edinburgh)

Galloway (a district in southwestern Scotland)

Lake District; Lakeland (a popular tourist area in northwestern England including England's largest lake and highest mountain)

Palatinate; Pfalz (a territory in southwestern Germany formerly ruled by the counts palatine)

Athos; Mount Athos (an autonomous area in northeastern Greece that is the site of several Greek Orthodox monasteries founded in the tenth century)

Attica (the territory of Athens in ancient Greece)

Boeotia (a district of ancient Greece northwest of Athens)

Papal States (the temporal dominions belonging to the pope (especially in central Italy))

Acadia (the French-speaking part of the Canadian Maritime Provinces)

Northwest Territories (a large territory in northwestern Canada; part is now Nunavut)

Acre (a territory of western Brazil bordering on Bolivia and Peru)

Northern Mariana Islands; Northern Marianas (a self-governing territory comprising all of the Mariana Islands except Guam)

Northern Territory (a territory in north central Australia)

Yukon; Yukon Territory (a territory in northwestern Canada; site of the Klondike gold rush in the 1890s)

Nunavut (an Arctic territory in northern Canada created in 1999 and governed solely by the Inuit; includes the eastern part of what was the Northwest Territories and most of the islands of the Arctic Archipelago)


Sense 3Dominion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

One of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Hypernyms ("Dominion" is a kind of...):

body politic; commonwealth; country; land; nation; res publica; state (a politically organized body of people under a single government)


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