Definition of reins

 (Entry 1 of 2)

plural of rein entry 1

present tense third-person singular of rein entry 2


plural noun
\ ˈrānz How to pronounce reins (audio) \

Definition of reins (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : kidneys
b : the region of the kidneys : loins
2 : the seat of the feelings or passions

Examples of reins in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Plural noun Chapman took over the reins of IonQ quantum computing and quickly organized and developed a multi-generational roadmap to ensure an orderly development of the company’s capabilities. Paul Smith-goodson, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Jorgensen, who took the reins of the Utah GOP in 2021, says primary debates are purely partisan exercises. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 May 2022 Brian Niccol took the reins of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. when the burrito chain’s sales had plummeted after a series of food-safety scares. Heather Haddon, WSJ, 7 May 2022 Another person feeling shock and sadness is Roy Thomas, the man who took the reins of Marvel Comics in the early 1970s after Stan Lee handed him the mantle of editor-in-chief. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 Fulwell 73 took the reins of the Grammys in 2021 and has put on the show for the past two years. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 27 Apr. 2022 As quarterback Lindsey Scott took the reins of Incarnate Word’s offense during spring practice, coach G.J. Kinne and offensive coordinator Mack Leftwich studied his play from just a few yards behind him. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Apr. 2022 But each of those attempts to take the reins came with its own difficulties. Jim Puzzanghera,, 4 June 2022 The first panel of the day asked the question: How can talent take the reins to ensure that productions are green? Evan Nicole Brown, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of reins

Plural noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for reins

Plural noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin renes

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“Reins.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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