Sovereign
Sovereign Sov"er*eign (? or ?; 277), a. [OE. soverain, sovereyn, OF. soverain, suvrain, F. souverain, LL. superanus, fr. L. superus that is above, upper, higher, fr. super above. See {Over}, {Super}, and cf. {Soprano}. The modern spelling is due to a supposed connection with reign.] 1. Supreme or highest in power; superior to all others; chief; as, our sovereign prince. [1913 Webster]

2. Independent of, and unlimited by, any other; possessing, or entitled to, original authority or jurisdiction; as, a sovereign state; a sovereign discretion. [1913 Webster]

3. Princely; royal. ``Most sovereign name.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

At Babylon was his sovereign see. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

4. Predominant; greatest; utmost; paramount. [1913 Webster]

We acknowledge him [God] our sovereign good. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

5. Efficacious in the highest degree; effectual; controlling; as, a sovereign remedy. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Such a sovereign influence has this passion upon the regulation of the lives and actions of men. --South. [1913 Webster]

{Sovereign state}, a state which administers its own government, and is not dependent upon, or subject to, another power. [1913 Webster]


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  • Sovereign — Sovereign, 1558 Beim Sovereign handelt es sich um das Nominal einer englischen Goldmünze, die Heinrich VII. erstmals 1489 prägen ließ. Im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert wurde der Sovereign zuerst vom Laurel, später von der Unite und der Guinee verdr …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • sovereign — sov·er·eign 1 / sä vrən, sə , və rən/ also sov·ran / vrən/ n: a person or political entity (as a nation or state) possessing or held to possess sovereignty a controversy between two sovereign s...the United States on the one hand and the State of …   Law dictionary

  • sovereign — [säv′rən, säv′ər in; ] occas. [ suv′rən, suv′ər in] adj. [ME soveraine < OFr < VL * superanus < L super, above, OVER] 1. above or superior to all others; chief; greatest; supreme 2. supreme in power, rank, or authority 3. of or holding… …   English World dictionary

  • Sovereign — Sov er*eign (? or ?; 277), n. 1. The person, body, or state in which independent and supreme authority is vested; especially, in a monarchy, a king, queen, or emperor. [1913 Webster] No question is to be made but that the bed of the Mississippi… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sovereign — UK US /ˈsɒvərɪn/ adjective [before noun] GOVERNMENT, FINANCE ► used to describe money that is borrowed or invested by national governments: »Asian sovereign funds are increasingly investing in European and US companies …   Financial and business terms

  • sovereign — [adj] dominant, effective absolute, ascendant, autonomous, chief, commanding, directing, effectual, efficacious, excellent, guiding, highest, imperial, independent, lofty, majestic, monarchal, monarchial, overbearing, paramount, predominant,… …   New thesaurus

  • Sovereign — (spr. Sowwerin), englische Goldmünze = 1 Pfd. Sterl., s. Großbritannien S. 686 …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Sovereign — (spr. ßöwwĕrĭn), seit 1816 geprägte brit. Goldmünze von 160/623 Troyunzen Gewicht und 11/12 Feinheit = 20,4295 Mk., stellt die Einheit des englischen Münzwesens, das Pfund Sterling, dar. S. Tafel »Münzen V«, Fig. 8. Den ersten S. prägte Heinrich… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Sovereign — Sovereign, englische Goldmünze, s.v.w. Pfund Sterling (s.d.) …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • Sovereign — (spr. ßöwwĕrĭn), engl. Goldmünze zu 1 Pfd. St. = 20,4295 M …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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