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

      

    ruler

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈruːlə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈruːlər//
     
     
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  1. 1  a person who rules or governs
  2. 2   a straight strip of wood, plastic or metal, marked in centimetres or inches, used for measuring or for drawing straight lines
  3. Extra examples At that time the East India Company was the virtual ruler of Bengal. He eventually became ruler over all Egypt. The country was finally united under one ruler. a ruler who held power for over twenty years an absolute ruler who will tolerate no opposition He established himself as ruler over both tribes. There was a successful coup against the country’s military rulers. Vietnam still had strong links with France, the former colonial ruler.
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