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[reg-nuh nt] /ˈrɛg nənt/
adjective
1.
reigning; ruling (usually used following the noun it modifies):
a queen regnant.
2.
exercising authority, rule, or influence.
3.
prevalent; widespread.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin rēgnant- (stem of rēgnāns), present participle of regnāre to rule; see reign, -ant
Related forms
regnancy, noun
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  • In her regnant artistic sway the press has had a manifest hand.
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regnant

/ˈrɛɡnənt/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) reigning
2.
prevalent; current
Derived Forms
regnancy, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin regnāre to reign
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Word Origin and History for regnant
adj.

"reigning, exercising authority," c.1600, from Latin regnantem (nominative regnans) "reigning," present participle stem of regnare "to reign" (see reign). Adjective regnal (1610s) means "pertaining to a reign," especially in reference to the day or year a reign began.

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