1. Royal authority; supreme power; sovereignty; rule; dominion.
He who like a father held his reign. --Pope.
Saturn's sons received the threefold reign
Of heaven, of ocean, and deep hell beneath. --Prior.
2. The territory or sphere which is reigned over; kingdom; empire; realm; dominion. [Obs.]
[God] him bereft the regne that he had. --Chaucer.
3. The time during which a king, queen, or emperor possesses the supreme authority; as, it happened in the reign of Elizabeth.
Reign v. i. [imp. & p. p. Reigned p. pr. & vb. n. Reigning.]
1. To possess or exercise sovereign power or authority; to exercise government, as a king or emperor;; to hold supreme power; to rule.
We will not have this man to reign over us. --Luke xix. 14.
Shall Banquo's issue ever
Reign in this kingdom? --Shak.
2. Hence, to be predominant; to prevail. “Pestilent diseases which commonly reign in summer.”
3. To have superior or uncontrolled dominion; to rule.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body. --Rom. vi. 12.
Syn: -- To rule; govern; direct; control; prevail.
n 1: a period during which something or somebody is dominant or
powerful; "he was helpless under the reign of his
2: the period during which a monarch is sovereign; "during the
reign of Henry VIII"
3: royal authority; the dominion of a monarch [syn: sovereignty]
v 1: have sovereign power; "Henry VIII reigned for a long time"
2: be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance;
"Money reigns supreme here"; "Hispanics predominate in
this neighborhood" [syn: predominate, dominate, rule,