sovereign etymology

English word sovereign comes from Proto-Indo-European *eḱs, Latin -anus, Latin *eks-uper, Proto-Indo-European *uperi, and later Old French (842-ca. 1400) soverain (Sovereign.)

Detailed word origin of sovereign

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*eḱs Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) out of  , out, out of
-anus Latin (lat) Of or pertaining to; -ian; usually indicates a relationship of position, possession, or origin.
*eks-uper Latin (lat)
*uperi Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
super Latin (lat) Accusative [of measure] above, beyond, over, in addition to. Accusative [of place] above, beyond. Accusative [of place] above, on the top of, upon.
*superānus Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
*superanus Latin (lat) (Vulgar Latin) sovereign, chief (Vulgar Latin) sovereign, chief, lord, ruler, etc.
soverain Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Sovereign.
sovereign English (eng) (UK, slang) A large, garish ring; a sovereign ring.. A gold coin of the United Kingdom, with a nominal value of one pound sterling but in practice used as a bullion coin.. A monarch; the ruler of a country.. A very large champagne bottle with the capacity of about 25 liters, equivalent to 33⅓ standard bottles.. Any butterfly of the tribe Nymphalini, or genus Basilarchia, as the ursula and [...]

Words with the same origin as sovereign

Descendants of *eḱs
assure ensure soprano sum summary summer summit sup super superb superior superiority supernatural supervise supervisor supreme sure surround survey survival survive
Descendants of -anus
ancient certain chaplain comedian dean figure figured greek magician mean meaning means methane physician politician romance romano serene suburban trojan urban veteran villain
Descendants of *uperi
superstition superstitious supervision surname surrender surveillance