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

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

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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]

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Word Origin & History

1579, from L., lit. "between-reign," from inter- (q.v.) + regnum (see reign).
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Example sentences
Postwar interregnum as conflicting plans for central intelligence are shaken down into a presidential directive.
There was an interregnum, a period of diffuse groping and stumbling.
The college, ultimately, was seized by parliament during the interregnum.
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