Meaning of interregnum

in•ter•reg•num

Pronunciation: (in"tur-reg'num), [key]
— pl. -nums, -na
  1. an interval of time between the close of a sovereign's reign and the accession of his or her normal or legitimate successor.
  2. any period during which a state has no ruler or only a temporary executive.
  3. any period of freedom from the usual authority.
  4. any pause or interruption in continuity.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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