- Royal authority; supreme power; sovereignty; rule; dominion."He who like a father held his reign." [Pope.]"Saturn's sons received the threefold reign Of heaven, of ocean, and deep hell beneath." [Prior.]
- The territory or sphere which is reigned over; kingdom; empire; realm; dominion.(Obs)"God] him bereft the regne that he had." [Chaucer.]
- The time during which a king, queen, or emperor possesses the supreme authority; as, it happened in the reign of Elizabeth.
Etymology: OE. regne, OF. reigne regne, F. règne, fr. L. regnum, fr. rex regis, a king, fr. regere to guide, rule. See Regal Regimen