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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ruler mean? 

RULER (noun)
  The noun RULER has 2 senses:

1. measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths
2. a person who rules or commands

  Familiarity information: RULER used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

RULER (noun)

Sense 1ruler [BACK TO TOP]


Measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


ruler; rule

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

measure; measuring rod; measuring stick (measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervals; used as a reference in making measurements)

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

carpenter's rule (a rule used by a carpenter)

foot rule (a ruler one foot long)

meterstick; metrestick (a rule one meter long (usually marked off in centimeters and millimeters))

yard measure; yardstick (a ruler or tape that is three feet long)

Sense 2ruler [BACK TO TOP]


A person who rules or commands

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


swayer; ruler

Context example:

swayer of the universe

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

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

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

Pharaoh; Pharaoh of Egypt (the title of the ancient Egyptian kings)

puppet leader; puppet ruler (a leader or ruler who is chosen by a despot to head a government)

regent (someone who rules during the absence or incapacity or minority of the country's monarch)

dynast (a hereditary ruler)

Arab chief; sheik; sheikh; tribal sheik; tribal sheikh (the leader of an Arab village or family)

crowned head; monarch; sovereign (a nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary right)

Stuart (a member of the royal family that ruled Scotland and England)

grand Turk; sultan (the ruler of a Muslim country (especially of the former Ottoman Empire))

Tudor (a member of the dynasty that ruled England)

tyrant (in ancient Greece, a ruler who had seized power without legal right to it)

lord; master; overlord (a person who has general authority over others)

oligarch (one of the rulers in an oligarchy)

Moghul; Mogul (a member of the Muslim dynasty that ruled India until 1857)

Inca (a ruler of the Incas (or a member of his family))

basileus (a ruler of the eastern Roman Empire)

Bourbon (a member of the European royal family that ruled France)

calif; caliph; kalif; kaliph; khalif; khalifah (the civil and religious leader of a Muslim state considered to be a representative of Allah on earth)

dictator; potentate (a ruler who is unconstrained by law)

ameer; amir; emeer; emir (an independent ruler or chieftain (especially in Africa or Arabia))

ethnarch (the ruler of a province (as in the Roman Empire and Byzantine Empire) or certain religious rulers with secular authority)

hakim (a Muslim ruler or governor or judge)

Hanoverian (any of the British rulers who were members of the House of Hanover)

khan (a title given to rulers or other important people in Asian countries)

Instance hyponyms:

Tamburlaine; Tamerlane; Timur; Timur Lenk (Mongolian ruler of Samarkand who led his nomadic hordes to conquer an area from Turkey to Mongolia (1336-1405))

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