See also: regner



From Old French reignier, borrowed from Latin rēgnāre, present active infinitive of rēgnō (to govern).


  • IPA(key): /ʁe.ɲe/, /ʁɛ.ɲe/[1]
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  1. (intransitive) to reign (of a monarch)
    régner sur un paysto reign over a country
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) to reign (to have a powerful influence on)
    il règne dans mon cœur
    (please add an English translation of this usage example)


This verb is conjugated like céder. It is a regular -er verb, except that its last stem vowel alternates between /e/ (written ‘é’) and /ɛ/ (written ‘è’), with the latter being used before mute ‘e’. One special case is the future stem, used in the future and the conditional. Before 1990, the future stem of such verbs was written régner-, reflecting the historic pronunciation /e/. In 1990, the French Academy recommended that it be written règner-, reflecting the now common pronunciation /ɛ/, thereby making this distinction consistent throughout the conjugation (and also matching in this regard the conjugations of verbs like lever and jeter). Both spellings are in use today, and both are therefore given here.

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Further readingEdit

  1. ^ régner”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.