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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sov·er·eign a.
 1. Supreme or highest in power; superior to all others; chief; as, our sovereign prince.
 2. Independent of, and unlimited by, any other; possessing, or entitled to, original authority or jurisdiction; as, a sovereign state; a sovereign discretion.
 3. Princely; royal. “Most sovereign name.”
    At Babylon was his sovereign see.   --Chaucer.
 4. Predominant; greatest; utmost; paramount.
    We acknowledge him [God] our sovereign good.   --Hooker.
 5. Efficacious in the highest degree; effectual; controlling; as, a sovereign remedy.
    Such a sovereign influence has this passion upon the regulation of the lives and actions of men.   --South.
 Sovereign state, a state which administers its own government, and is not dependent upon, or subject to, another power.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sov·er·eign n.
 1. The person, body, or state in which independent and supreme authority is vested; especially, in a monarchy, a king, queen, or emperor.
    No question is to be made but that the bed of the Mississippi belongs to the sovereign, that is, to the nation.   --Jefferson.
 2. A gold coin of Great Britain, on which an effigy of the head of the reigning king or queen is stamped, valued at one pound sterling, or about $4.86.
 3. Zool. Any butterfly of the tribe Nymphalidi, or genus Basilarchia, as the ursula and the viceroy.
 Syn: -- King; prince; monarch; potentate; emperor.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: of political bodies; "an autonomous judiciary"; "a sovereign
             state" [syn: autonomous, independent, self-governing]
      2: greatest in status or authority or power; "a supreme
         tribunal" [syn: supreme]
      n : a nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary
          right [syn: crowned head, monarch]