Sovereign

Definition of Sovereign

Sov´er`eign
a.1.Supreme or highest in power; superior to all others; chief; as, our sovereign prince.
2.Independent of, and unlimited by, any other; possessing, or entitled to, original authority or jurisdiction; as, a sovereign state; a sovereign discretion.
3.Princely; royal.
At Babylon was his sovereign see.
- Chaucer.
4.Predominant; greatest; utmost; paramount.
We acknowledge him [God] our sovereign good.
- Hooker.
5.Efficacious in the highest degree; effectual; controlling; as, a sovereign remedy.
Sovereign state
a state which administers its own government, and is not dependent upon, or subject to, another power.
n.1.The person, body, or state in which independent and supreme authority is vested; especially, in a monarchy, a king, queen, or emperor.
2.A gold coin of Great Britain, on which an effigy of the head of the reigning king or queen is stamped, valued at one pound sterling, or about $4.86.
3.(Zool.) Any butterfly of the tribe Nymphalidi, or genus Basilarchia, as the ursula and the viceroy.

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