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[reyn] /reɪn/
the period during which a sovereign occupies the throne.
royal rule or authority; sovereignty.
dominating power or influence:
the reign of law.
verb (used without object)
to possess or exercise sovereign power or authority.
to hold the position and name of sovereign without exercising the ruling power.
to have control, rule, or influence of any kind.
to predominate; be prevalent.
Origin of reign
1225-75; (noun) Middle English reine, regne < Old French reigne < Latin rēgnum realm, reign, derivative of rēg- (stem of rēx) king; (v.) Middle English reinen, regnen < Old French reignier < Latin rēgnāre, derivative of rēgnum
Related forms
interreign, verb (used without object)
nonreigning, adjective
outreign, verb (used with object)
unreigning, adjective
Can be confused
rain, reign, rein.
2. dominion, suzerainty. 4. rule, govern, prevail.
4. obey. Unabridged
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  • The ex-emperor would have had Michizane raised still higher, and urged the reigning sovereign in that sense.

    Japan Various
  • And of this kingdom, Anatole France is surely the reigning king.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • She has determined to marry me off, having proved to be such worthless material for the make up of a reigning belle.

    The Inner Sisterhood Douglass Sherley et al.
  • Gathering all his strength, he saw her Crowned and reigning in her pride!

    Legends and Lyrics: First Series Adelaide Anne Procter
  • Yuri II., the reigning prince, absent at the time, then attempted revenge and was slain in battle.

    The Story of Moscow Wirt Gerrare
British Dictionary definitions for reigning


the period during which a monarch is the official ruler of a country
a period during which a person or thing is dominant, influential, or powerful: the reign of violence is over
verb (intransitive)
to exercise the power and authority of a sovereign
to be accorded the rank and title of a sovereign without having ruling authority, as in a constitutional monarchy
to predominate; prevail: a land where darkness reigns
(usually present participle) to be the most recent winner of a competition, contest, etc: the reigning heavyweight champion
Usage note
Reign is sometimes wrongly written for rein in certain phrases: he gave full rein (not reign) to his feelings; it will be necessary to rein in (not reign in) public spending
Word Origin
C13: from Old French reigne, from Latin rēgnum kingdom, from rēx king
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Word Origin and History for reigning



early 13c., "kingdom," from Old French reigne "kingdom, land, country" (Modern French règne), from Latin regnum "kingship, dominion, rule, realm," related to regere (see regal). Meaning "period of rule" first recorded mid-14c.


"to hold or exercise sovereign power," late 13c., from Old French regner "rule, reign" (12c.), from Latin regnare "have royal power, be king, rule, reign," from regnum (see reign (n.)). Related: Reigned; reigning; regnal.

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