sovereign Definition

  • 1a supreme ruler, especially a monarch.
  • 2possessing supreme or ultimate power.

Using sovereign: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "sovereign" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The sovereign of England is Queen Elizabeth II.

  • Example

    The sovereign power of the state rests with the people.

  • Example

    The sovereign nation has the right to govern itself without interference from other countries.

sovereign Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using sovereign

  • a solution or cure that is believed to be effective for any problem or ailment


    According to the old wives' tale, chicken soup is a sovereign remedy for the common cold.

  • a skillful or masterful touch


    The artist's painting was distinguished by his sovereign touch.

  • the power or authority to make decisions without being restrained by external forces


    The CEO exercised his sovereign will in making the final decision.

Phrases with sovereign

  • the debt owed by a government to its creditors


    The country's sovereign debt has reached an all-time high.

  • an independent state that has the power to govern itself without interference from other countries


    The United States is a sovereign state.

  • sovereign wealth fund

    a state-owned investment fund that invests in various financial assets such as stocks, bonds, and real estate


    Norway's sovereign wealth fund is one of the largest in the world.

Origins of sovereign

from Old French 'soverain', from Vulgar Latin 'superanus', meaning 'chief' or 'highest'


Summary: sovereign in Brief

The term 'sovereign' [ˈsɑːvrən] refers to a supreme ruler, often a monarch, or possessing supreme or ultimate power. It can describe a person, a state, or a fund, as in 'The sovereign of England is Queen Elizabeth II.' 'Sovereign' extends into phrases like 'sovereign debt,' and idioms like 'sovereign remedy,' denoting a universal solution, and 'sovereign touch,' implying a masterful skill.

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