Definition of reign noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//reɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪn//
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  1. 1the period during which a king, queen, emperor, etc. rules in/during the reign of Charles II
  2. 2the period during which somebody is in charge of an organization, a team, etc. Sir Matt Busby’s reign at Manchester United Wordfinderabdicate, accede, crown, king, government, monarch, throne, reign, royal, succession
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French reignier ‘to reign’, reigne ‘kingdom’, from Latin regnum, related to rex, reg- ‘king’.Extra examples By the end of his reign, the vast empire was in decline. He was a player during Sir Matt Busby’s reign at Manchester United. The house was built during the reign of Henry VIII. The story only came out during the final days of his reign as Chief Executive.
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