noun sou·ve·rain \ˈsüvəˌrān\

Definition of souverain



  1. :  a gold coin of the Low Countries and especially of Brabant that was issued from the early 17th century until supplanted by the Belgian coinage of 1832

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Origin and Etymology of souverain

French, modification (influenced by souverain sovereign, from Old French soverain) of English 1sovereign

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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