Definition of interregnum in English:


Line breaks: inter|reg¦num
Pronunciation: /ˌɪntəˈrɛgnəm

noun (plural interregnums or interregna /-nə/)

  • 1A period when normal government is suspended, especially between successive reigns or regimes.
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    • Ancient Mesopotamia is a symbolic resource for a future Iraq as it was once before during a short interregnum before the Ba'athist regime came to power in 1963.
    • It is for this reason that the imagery of the 1990s as an interregnum is somewhat misleading.
    • They couldn't get him out of committee during the Democratic interregnum.
  • 1.1 (the Interregnum) The period in English history from the execution of Charles I in 1649 to the Restoration of Charles II in 1660.
  • 1.2An interval between the periods of office of two incumbents in a parish.
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    • The optimum time for the church to discuss the possible resignation of the pope would be during an interregnum - after a pope's death and before the cardinals elect his successor.
    • During our church's interregnum last year, his strength and gifting as a preacher became apparent to the leadership.
    • After a long interregnum, worshippers at the historic Tottlebank Baptist Church at Bouth, near Greenodd, celebrated the induction of a new pastor on Saturday.


late 16th century (denoting temporary rule between reigns or during suspension of normal government): from Latin, from inter- 'between' + regnum 'reign'.

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