Sovereign
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 belongs to the sovereign, that is, to the nation. --Jefferson. [1913 Webster]

2. A gold coin of Great Britain, on which an effigy of the head of the reigning king or queen is stamped, valued at one pound sterling, or about $4.86. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) Any butterfly of the tribe {Nymphalidi}, or genus {Basilarchia}, as the ursula and the viceroy. [1913 Webster]

Syn: King; prince; monarch; potentate; emperor. [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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — 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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