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[reg-nuh nt] /ˈrɛg nənt/
reigning; ruling (usually used following the noun it modifies):
a queen regnant.
exercising authority, rule, or influence.
prevalent; widespread.
Origin of regnant
1590-1600; < Latin rēgnant- (stem of rēgnāns), present participle of regnāre to rule; see reign, -ant
Related forms
regnancy, noun Unabridged
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  • Not the all-producing summer is so rich in bounty as the mind is rich in thought when working its regnant and creative moods.

    A Man's Value to Society Newell Dwight Hillis
  • It was urged that Nero was then regnant when this command of non-resistance was given.

  • It is difficult to assert a timid individuality in the presence of a regnant force.

    Uncle Max Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Even a mild admonition from the regnant Pope had failed to produce any effect.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • The highest moral ideal is not, and never can be, the righteousness that is regnant, but that which is militant and agonizing.

    The Expositor's Bible George Adam Smith
  • His regnant desires, by which his worthy little life was governed, were to love and to please.

  • He was the spirit of regnant labor as he stood there, his hands outreaching to rend and crush his audience.

    The Iron Heel Jack London
  • In the regnant silence she rose, laid aside her book, softly opened the door, and stepped as softly into the narrow passage.

    There and Back George MacDonald
  • Look you,—'tis civic freedom I would further,— The civic spirit that in former times Was regnant here.

    Early Plays Henrik Ibsen
  • The sun was regnant, and little brown birds flew cheerily over the snow and talked of nests.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for regnant


(postpositive) reigning
prevalent; current
Derived Forms
regnancy, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin regnāre to reign
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Word Origin and History for regnant

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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