Definition of dominion
- having dominion over the natural world
The U.S. has dominion over the island.
The countries fought for dominion of the territory.
the dominions of the empire
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The ruler of a region has dominion over it, and the area itself may be called the ruler's dominion. In the days of the British Empire, England had dominion over many countries throughout the world. Though Canada has been quite independent of Great Britain since the 19th century, it was generally referred to as the Dominion of Canada in official documents until at least the 1950s. The word has an old-fashioned sound today, and probably shows up in history books, historical novels, and fantasy video games more often than in discussions of modern nations.
: the power to rule : control of a country, region, etc.
: the land that a ruler or government controls
Dominion : a country that was part of the British Empire but had its own government
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