from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The interval of time between the end of a sovereign's reign and the accession of a successor.
- n. A period of temporary suspension of the usual functions of government or control.
- n. A gap in continuity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The period of time between the end of a sovereign's reign and the accession of another sovereign.
- n. A period of time during which normal executive leadership is suspended or interrupted.
- n. An intermission in any order of succession; any breach of continuity in action or influence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The time during which a throne is vacant between the death or abdication of a sovereign and the accession of his successor.
- n. Any period during which, for any cause, the executive branch of a government is suspended or interrupted.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An intermission between reigns; an interval of time elapsing between the end of one reign and the beginning of the next, as in the case of a disputed or uncertain succession.
- n. Hence An intermission in any order of succession; any breach of continuity in action or influence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the time between two reigns, governments, etc.
Latin : inter-, inter- + rēgnum, reign; see reign.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin inter- "between" + the accusative of regnum (which is regnum) meaning "reign", "power" or "kingdom". Literally meaning "between reign" or "between kingdom". (Wiktionary)