• WordNet 3.6
    • adj regnant exercising power or authority
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Regnant Exercising regal authority; reigning; as, a queen regnant .
    • Regnant Having the chief power; ruling; predominant; prevalent. "A traitor to the vices regnant ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • regnant Reigning; exercising regal authority by hereditary right. The church of martyrs, and the church of saints, and doctors, and confessors, now regnant in heaven. Jer. Taylor, Works (ed. 1835), II. 214.
    • regnant Ruling; predominant; prevalent; having the chief power.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Regnant reigning or ruling: predominant: exercising regal authority
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. regnans, -antis, p. pr. of regnare, to reign: cf. F régnant,. See Reign
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. regnans, regnantis, pr.p. of regnāre, regĕre, to rule.


In literature:

Fifth: that of regnant reason, as art.
"The Idea of Progress" by J. B. Bury
The pride of lofty lineage and severe isolation was regnant over all.
"Pierre And His People, [Tales of the Far North], Complete" by Gilbert Parker
In the general sense in which every man has a philosophy, this is merely the deposit of the regnant notions of the time.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
It is difficult to assert a timid individuality in the presence of a regnant force.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
She alone is distinct, distinctive, and regnant.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
Father is the leading merchant of his town; mother the social arbiter; daughter the regnant belle.
"American Adventures" by Julian Street
Hic vina et choreae jocique regnant, Regnant et charites facetiaeque.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
It was the regnant minority which rushed the South into secession.
"The Arena" by Various
The Regnante comes also.
"Memoirs of the Court of George IV. 1820-1830 (Vol 1)" by Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
That is the regnant attribute, the spring that sets everything agoing.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren

In poetry:

The stormy billows heave and dip,
The wild winds veer and play;
But, regnant all, God's stately ship
Is steering home this way!
"Our Ship" by George MacDonald
Yea, Beauty's regnant All I know—
The imperial head, the thoughtful eyes;
The God-imprisoned harmonies
That out in gracious motions go.
"I Know What Beauty Is" by George MacDonald
I will send thee an angel My path to prepare,
On the brow of Mount Zion thy King to declare,
The Lord ever regnant shall reign again there,
Thy King, O proclaim, comes to Zion.
"God And Israel" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
Old forests, where the gnarly oak stands regnant
Bristling with twigs that still repullulate,
And, swoln with spring, with sappy sweetness pregnant,
The maple blushes with its leafy weight.
"Spring" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Improving people's lives is always uppermost on the mind of Theresa Regnante, who is constantly looking for solutions to the pressing social problems of our time that would send those with weaker constitutions running for the exits.