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  • adj. Archaic spelling of sovereign.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. A variant of sovereign.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as sovereign.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Now the king had a brother, whom he had imprisoned in that pit of old time, and he had died there; but the folk of the realm deemed him still alive, and when his durance grew long, the courtiers of the king used to talk of this and of the tyranny of their liege Lord, and the bruit spread abroad that the sovran was a tyrant, so they fell upon him one day and slew him.

    Arabian nights. English

  • The Oxford English Dictionary does include "sovran" and derivatives, but cites no use of them any more recently than 1887, and says that these spellings are now "chiefly poetic."

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • [[User: Ro Thorpe | Ro Thorpe]] 16: 26, 4 November 2008 (UTC):: The Oxford English Dictionary does include "sovran" and derivatives, but cites no use of them any more recently than 1887, and says that these spellings are now "chiefly poetic."

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • "sovran," they tortured into its present form, -- much as the clerks of

    The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Badr Basim King over them after his sire; and they sware the oath gladly, for the sovran was liberal to the lieges, pleasant in parley and a very compend of goodness, saying naught but that wherein was advantage for the people.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Empire went in to King Badr Basim and said to him, “O King, there is no harm in mourning for the late sovran: but over - mourning beseemeth none save women; wherefore occupy thou not thy heart and our hearts with mourning for thy sire; inasmuch as he hath left thee behind him, and whoso leaveth the like of thee is not dead.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • King hath no issue, male or female, so I pray the Almighty to vouchsafe me a son who shall inherit of this mighty sovran that which the Lord hath bestowed upon him of lands and palaces and possessions.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • “Say: — Refuge I take with the Lord of men the sovran of men the God of men from the Tempter, the Demon who tempteth in whisper the breasts of men and from Jinnis and (evil) men.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Before all my kinsmen ye shall wear the crown with such sovran power as ye did aforetime.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • Towards a wood he floated down the stream, where he found his sovran standing by the shore.

    The Nibelungenlied

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  • Ay, in the very temple of Delight
    Veil'd Melancholy has her sovran shrine,
    —Keats, 'Ode on Melancholy'

    July 15, 2008