interregna

interregnum

[in-ter-reg-nuhm]
noun, plural interregnums, interregna [in-ter-reg-nuh] .
1.
an interval of time between the close of a sovereign's reign and the accession of his or her normal or legitimate successor.
2.
any period during which a state has no ruler or only a temporary executive.
3.
any period of freedom from the usual authority.
4.
any pause or interruption in continuity.

Origin:
1570–80; < Latin, equivalent to inter- inter- + rēgnum reign

interregnal, adjective
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interregnum (ˌɪntəˈrɛɡnəm)
 
n , pl -nums, -na
1.  an interval between two reigns, governments, incumbencies, etc
2.  any period in which a state lacks a ruler, government, etc
3.  a period of absence of some control, authority, etc
4.  a gap in a continuity
 
[C16: from Latin, from inter- + regnumreign]
 
inter'regnal
 
adj

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interregnum
1579, from L., lit. "between-reign," from inter- (q.v.) + regnum (see reign).
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