reign

noun
\ ˈrān How to pronounce reign (audio) \

Essential Meaning of reign

1 : the period of time during which a king, queen, emperor, etc., is ruler of a country She was a popular ruler throughout her reign. the reign of Queen Elizabeth
2 : the period of time during which someone is in charge of a group or organization his reign as department chairperson her reign as team president
3 : the period of time during which someone or something is the best or the most important, powerful, etc. his reign as heavyweight boxing champion the reign of digital technology

Full Definition of reign

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : royal authority : sovereignty under the reign of the Stuart kings
b : the dominion, sway, or influence of one resembling a monarch the reign of the Puritan ministers
2 : the time during which someone (such as a sovereign) reigns

reign

verb
reigned; reigning; reigns

Definition of reign (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to possess or exercise sovereign power : rule
b : to hold office as chief of state although possessing little governing power in England the sovereign reigns but does not rule
2 : to exercise authority in the manner of a monarch
3 : to be predominant or prevalent chaos reigned in the classroom

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Examples of reign in a Sentence

Noun She was a popular ruler throughout her reign. the reign of Queen Elizabeth his reign as department chairperson her reign as team president his reign as heavyweight boxing champion the reign of digital technology Verb The king reigned in a time of peace and prosperity. The lion reigns as king of the jungle.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s a nexus of planets under the reign of a shadowy emperor, whose realm runs on a mineral known as spice. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 22 Oct. 2021 Forum Square, which has served as the town’s main square since the reign of the Roman Empire, features the crumbling Temple of Augustus, built during the rule of Augustus Caesar. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 Petrescu also had Germany citizenship, and had fled his home country during the reign of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Chico Harlan, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Oct. 2021 Pouchkine, Chateaubriand, Dumas also magnified the harquebusier house, part of the rich history of France, founded in 1717 under the reign of Louis XV. Cécilia Pelloux, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 The coins were in such good condition that the inscriptions were legible, allowing the team to identify coins from the reign of a number of Roman emperors. Jack Guy, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 The critically beloved series chronicling the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and the British royal family through the last half of the 20th century delivered the streamer's first outstanding drama series win Sunday. NBC News, 20 Sep. 2021 The legal basis for the British line of succession dates back to the 17th century and the reign of William III (otherwise known as William of Orange). Lanford Beard, PEOPLE.com, 20 Sep. 2021 The lingering effects of Dunn’s reign become even more clear when three buses blow up in major European cities. Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The debate on whether inequality is an artifact of capitalism will reign way past our lifetimes. New York Times, 9 Oct. 2021 William would reign from 1689 to 1702, jointly with his wife, Mary (James’s daughter), until her death in 1694 and then on his own. Allan Massie, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2021 Today in Lake Michigan, quagga mussels, Eastern European invaders generally smaller than a stamp, reign over an upended underwater ecosystem. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, 30 July 2021 Will Marvel finally reign supreme with wins for WandaVision? Andrea Towers, EW.com, 19 Sep. 2021 That being said, the camp theme will always reign supreme for me! Christopher Ros, Glamour, 13 Sep. 2021 Texas brisket meets Tex-Mex in quesadilla form, which sits right next to Kansas City burnt ends on the menu, but St. Louis – and Memphis-style ribs still reign supreme as Wobbly Boots’ signature dishes. Nathan Mattise, Rolling Stone, 8 June 2021 For the foreseeable future, uncertainty will reign. Robin Andrews, Forbes, 31 May 2021 However, after a stint in the army, Price didn’t reign on the charts again until 1957. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, 8 May 2021

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First Known Use of reign

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for reign

Noun

Middle English regne, from Anglo-French, from Latin regnum, from reg-, rex king — more at royal

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The first known use of reign was in the 13th century

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26 Oct 2021

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“Reign.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reign. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for reign

reign

noun
\ ˈrān How to pronounce reign (audio) \

Kids Definition of reign

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the authority or rule of a monarch
2 : the time during which a monarch rules

reign

verb
reigned; reigning

Kids Definition of reign (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to rule as a monarch
2 : to be usual or widespread Enthusiasm reigned in the classroom.
3 : to be the best or most powerful the reigning champions

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