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



    BrE BrE//ˈsɒvrɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɑːvrən//
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  1. 1(formal) a king or queen The Tongan sovereign is head of state and exercises executive power. The islands are ruled by a governor, representing the British sovereign.
  2. 2 an old British gold coin worth one pound
  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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