from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Control or the exercise of control; sovereignty: "The devil . . . has their souls in his possession, and under his dominion” ( Jonathan Edwards).
- n. A territory or sphere of influence or control; a realm.
- n. One of the self-governing nations within the British Commonwealth.
- n. Christianity See domination.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. power or the use of power; sovereignty over something.
- n. a kingdom, nation, or other sphere of influence.
- n. One of the colonies of the British Empire given self-government through the Statute of Westminster, such as Canada or Newfoundland.
- n. An order of angel in Christian angelology, ranked above angels and below thrones.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Sovereign or supreme authority; the power of governing and controlling; independent right of possession, use, and control; sovereignty; supremacy.
- n. Superior prominence; predominance; ascendency.
- n. That which is governed; territory over which authority is exercised; the tract, district, or county, considered as subject. Also used figuratively.
- n. A supposed high order of angels; dominations. See Domination, 3.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Lordship; sovereign or supreme authority; the power of governing and controlling; empire: as, a territory under the dominion of a foreign power.
- n. The right of uncontrolled possession, use, and disposal; power of control.
- n. A territory and people subject to a specific government or control; a domain: as, the dominions of Prussia.
- n. plural Same as dominations. See domination, 3.
- n. Synonyms Sovereignty, sway, control, rule, mastery, ascendancy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
- n. one of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth
- n. dominance or power through legal authority
Middle English dominioun, from Old French dominion, from Medieval Latin dominiō, dominiōn-, from Latin dominium, property, from dominus, lord; see dem- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English dominion, from Middle French dominion, from Medieval Latin dominio, equiv. to Latin dominium ("lordship, right of ownership"), from dominus ("lord"), from domus ("house"). See domain, demain, demesne. (Wiktionary)