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English definition of “sovereign”

sovereign

noun [C] uk   /ˈsɒv.ər.ɪn/ us    /ˈsɑːv.rən/

sovereign noun [C] (RULER)

a king or queen

sovereign noun [C] (COIN)

a British gold coin that was in use in Britain from 1817 to 1914 and was worth £1

sovereign

adjective uk   /ˈsɒv.ər.ɪn/ us    /ˈsɑːv.rən/

sovereign adjective (GOVERNMENT)

[before noun] having the highest power or being completely independent: Sovereign power is said to lie with the people in some countries, and with a ruler in others. We must respect the rights of sovereign states/nations to conduct their own affairs.

sovereign adjective (EXCELLENT)

sovereign remedy old-fashioned or formal an extremely successful way of dealing with a problem: Love is a sovereign remedy for unhappiness.
(Definition of sovereign from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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