Definition of reigning in English:



  • 1Occupying the throne; ruling.

    ‘the official residence of the reigning monarch’
    • ‘Crown Prince Hans Adam has been Liechtenstein's reigning monarch since 1984.’
    • ‘' His Highness is not a reigning Prince, nor ever likely to be, ' answered Dimmock.’
    • ‘Kaoru was a constant companion of both the reigning emperor and the retired Reizei emperor.’
    • ‘In 1254, local landowner Richard Rochelle was granted a charter to hold a market in the village from the reigning monarch of the day, Henry III.’
    • ‘The 22 nd of January 2001 marked the centenary of the death of Queen Victoria, the longest reigning British monarch.’
    • ‘Meanwhile Siward died, and the matter rested for a few years, Malcolm reigning as King of Cumbria, and Macbeth occupying the Scottish throne.’
    • ‘Usually the Vatican is absolutely not to be believed when it comes to statements about the health of reigning pontiffs.’
    • ‘With Paul III there was the like family concern, to see his son, Pierluigi, established among the reigning families of Europe.’
    • ‘The first and most important prerogative of a reigning monarch was the power of judgment and pardon.’
    ruling, regnant
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    1. 1.1 Currently holding a particular sporting title.
      ‘the reigning European champions’
      • ‘From the opening match in which Senegal beat reigning champions France, the World Cup rained surprises upon excited fans.’
      • ‘A 24-year-old Brazilian, Junqueira is the reigning Formula 3000 champion.’
      • ‘Flitcroft was sold by City in March 1996 for £ 3.2m to the then reigning Premiership Champions Blackburn Rovers.’
      • ‘The reigning champion was not at his competitive best.’
      • ‘In 1984, we beat the Philadelphia 76ers - the reigning champion 76ers - in a great five-game series.’
      • ‘Firman, from Norfolk, is the reigning British formula Nippon champion.’
      • ‘The reigning champ Joey Chestnut won for the second year in a row, downing more than 60 hotdogs.’
      • ‘Qwai had won the title scoring a tenth round TKO over reigning champ Matthew Saad Muhammad.’
      • ‘Guiseley made up for the previous week's disappointment by taking four points from a drawn game with reigning champions Bilton.’
      • ‘The reigning African Footballer of the Year was persuaded to play on by his team-mates, helping them to a 2-0 victory.’
      • ‘Today, on the back of two World Cup triumphs, the reigning Tri-Nation champions dwarf the thistle's playing resources.’
      • ‘The undoubted shock of the tournament however was the defeat of reigning champions Cullane who were humbled by Cloontigh in the quarter-final.’
      • ‘Clan wrestlers could not overcome the strength behind the reigning champion, Brock University.’
      • ‘Now earlier the reigning World Cup soccer champion Germany defeated Sweden 1-to take the bronze medal.’
      • ‘In the junior category, reigning U.S. junior all-around champion Lisa Wang of the Rhythmic Gems club in Illinois easily placed first.’
      • ‘Then Pakistan edged past the reigning world champions Holland 2-1.’
      • ‘Alex Rodriguez, the league's reigning Most Valuable Player, was there.’
      • ‘Brian Clough's team, who were the reigning champions of Europe, had just lost to Wolves in the League Cup final.’
      • ‘In the men's event, reigning gold medalist Hunter Kemper of the United States will not be in attendance to defend his title.’
      • ‘Urged on by over 8,000 cheering fans, the Silsden rider went head-to-head with reigning champion Albert Cabestany in the final round.’
      incumbent, current, in office, presiding, in power
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