I. noun also sovran Etymology: Middle English soverain, from Anglo-French soverein, from soverein, adjective Date: 13th century 1. a. one possessing or held to possess sovereignty b. one that exercises supreme authority within a limited sphere c. an acknowledged leader ; arbiter 2. any of various gold coins of the United Kingdom II. adjective also sovran Etymology: Middle English soverain, from Anglo-French soverein, from Vulgar Latin *superanus, from Latin super over, above — more at over Date: 14th century 1. a. superlative in quality ; excellent b. of the most exalted kind ; supreme <
sovereign virtue
c. having generalized curative powers <
a sovereign remedy
d. of an unqualified nature ; unmitigated <
sovereign contempt
e. having undisputed ascendancy ; paramount 2. a. possessed of supreme power <
a sovereign ruler
b. unlimited in extent ; absolute c. enjoying autonomy ; independent <
sovereign states
3. relating to, characteristic of, or befitting a sovereign Synonyms: see freesovereignly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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