ruler

noun
rul·​er | \ ˈrü-lər How to pronounce ruler (audio) \

Definition of ruler

1 : one that rules specifically : sovereign
2 : a worker or a machine that rules paper
3 : a smooth-edged strip (as of wood or metal) that is usually marked off in units (such as inches) and is used as a straightedge or for measuring

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Other Words from ruler

rulership \ ˈrü-​lər-​ˌship How to pronounce rulership (audio) \ noun

Examples of ruler in a Sentence

a summit attended by a number of rulers from around the world This ruler shows inches and centimeters.

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Eventually, Daenerys begins to destroy the Red Keep, the castle built by her ancestors to house the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Carrie Wittmer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Yes, the Iron Throne Is Still Standing on Game of Thrones," 16 May 2019 The landlocked country of 33 million people has embarked on a set of market-friendly reforms following the death of longtime ruler Islam Karimov in 2016. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Uzbekistan Makes International Bond Debut Amid Emerging Market Rally," 14 Feb. 2019 Billboards rise high above the streets, advertising haute couture or exclusive real estate, or bearing the unsmiling likeness of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. SI.com, "Exiled by the Cubs, Sammy Sosa Is Enjoying the Life He Wants You to See," 27 June 2018 Sheikh Rashid, and later his son -- the current ruler of Dubai and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum -- leveraged this in three ways: trade, transport and tourism. Afshin Molavi, CNN, "Is Dubai a model for economic diversification in the Persian Gulf?," 4 June 2018 Fathy is a former activist in the pro-democracy April 6 Movement, which was at the forefront of the 2011 the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Attorney says Egyptian activist to return to jail any time," 1 Jan. 2019 Islamic extremists expanded their reach in Libya after the 2011 uprising plunged the country into chaos and toppled and later killed longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi. Rami Musa, Fox News, "Libyan officials say unknown missiles hit Tripoli airport," 12 Sep. 2018 Elon Musk: a gee-whiz visionary King of electrons, ruler of space and a little over-the-top. Marshall Kilduff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Last Word: Elon Musk is a visionary in an era that needs one," 9 Feb. 2018 When a diviner from Korea informs the emperor that his son would be a bad ruler, Genji is demoted to the status of a commoner. Emily Ferguson, WSJ, "The Legacy of a Japanese Classic," 22 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of ruler

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ruler

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ruler

: a person (such as a king or queen) who rules a country, area, group, etc.
: a straight piece of plastic, wood, or metal that has marks on it to show units of length and that is used to measure things

ruler

noun
rul·​er | \ ˈrü-lər How to pronounce ruler (audio) \

Kids Definition of ruler

1 : a person (as a king or queen) having supreme power over a nation
2 : a straight strip (as of plastic, wood, or metal) with a smooth edge that is marked off in units and used for measuring or as a guide in drawing straight lines

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