1 a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful; "he was helpless under the reign of his egotism"
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]
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, prevail]
The exercise of sovereign power
The period during which a monarch rules
- To exercise sovereign power, or to rule as a monarch
- He reigned in an autocratic manner.
exercise sovereign power
A reign is a period of time a person serves as a monarch or pope. No time limit exists on reigns, nor is there a term of office. Thus a reign usually lasts for the remainder of the monarch's life, unless the monarchy itself is abolished or the monarch abdicates.
The term of a reign can be indicated with the abbreviation "r." after a sovereign's name, such as the following:
- George VI, King of the Dominion of Canada (r. 1936–1952)
A reign can be ended in three ways:
- King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom reigned from January to December 1936 before he abdicated the throne. After his abdication he became known as the Duke of Windsor. No other monarch of the Kingdom of Great Britain (1707-1800), the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has ever abdicated, though forced abdications did occur on rare occasions in the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland prior to their merger in 1707.
Abolitions of Monarchies
King Constantine II of Greece reigned from 1963 until the abolition of the Greek monarchy in 1973.
King Humbert II of Italy reigned for only a few weeks in 1946 before the abolition of the Italian Monarchy.
reign in Simple English: Reign
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