personal union


Definition of personal union

: a union of two states constituted by their becoming subject to the same personal ruler without loss of independent sovereignty

Examples of personal union in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Queen Isabella of Castile and King Ferdinand of Aragon forged the identity of the Spanish nation through their personal union, which bound together what had been disparate and fractious kingdoms. Razib Khan, National Review, 31 July 2021

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First Known Use of personal union

1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of personal union was in 1864

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“Personal union.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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