Definitions

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.

Etymologies

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)

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