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SOVEREIGN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sovereign mean? 

SOVEREIGN (noun)
  The noun SOVEREIGN has 1 sense:

1. a nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary right

  Familiarity information: SOVEREIGN used as a noun is very rare.


SOVEREIGN (adjective)
  The adjective SOVEREIGN has 2 senses:

1. (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces
2. greatest in status or authority or power

  Familiarity information: SOVEREIGN used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SOVEREIGN (noun)


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Meaning:

A nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary right

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

crowned head; monarch; sovereign

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

chief of state; head of state (the chief public representative of a country who may also be the head of government)

ruler; swayer (a person who rules or commands)

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

Capetian (a member of the Capetian dynasty)

Carlovingian; Carolingian (a member of the Carolingian dynasty)

czar; tsar; tzar (a male monarch or emperor (especially of Russia prior to 1917))

emperor (the male ruler of an empire)

king; male monarch; Rex (a male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom)

Merovingian (a member of the Merovingian dynasty)

Shah; Shah of Iran (title for the former hereditary monarch of Iran)


SOVEREIGN (adjective)


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Meaning:

(of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces

Synonyms:

autonomous; self-governing; sovereign; independent

Context examples:

an autonomous judiciary / a sovereign state

Similar:

free (able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint)


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Meaning:

Greatest in status or authority or power

Synonyms:

sovereign; supreme

Context example:

a supreme tribunal

Similar:

dominant (exercising influence or control)


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