Definition of sovereign adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɒvrɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɑːvrən//
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  1. 1[only before noun] (of a country or state) free to govern itself; completely independent synonym autonomous a sovereign state to be given sovereign rights
  2. 2having complete power or the greatest power in the country a sovereign ruler Parliament must always remain sovereign.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French soverain, based on Latin super ‘above’. The change in the ending was due to association with reign.
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