Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “reign”

See all translations

reign

verb [I] uk   /reɪn/ us  
C2 to be the king or queen of a country: Queen Victoria reigned over Britain from 1837 to 1901.C2 to be the main feeling or quality in a situation or person: The bomb attacks produced a panic which reigned over the city. Love reigned supreme in her heart.
More examples

reign

noun [C] uk   /reɪn/ us  
C1 the period of time when a king or queen rules a country: the reign of Henry VIII a period when a particular person, feeling, or quality is very important or has a strong influence: his successful reign as manager of the team
(Definition of reign from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of reign?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “reign” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

pot luck

anything that is available or is found by chance, rather than something chosen, planned, or prepared

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More