Part of speech: noun

An interval during which a throne is vacant; any period of abeyance or derangement.

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Usage examples "interregnum":

  1. Though it all began again the moment he was superseded, there had been, none the less, a three- month interregnum, and that had to be compensated for. - "Rung Ho!", Talbot Mundy.
  2. The Pope showed either fine magnanimity or compounded with facts in the interest of the sacristy; for he encouraged Michelangelo to proceed, and the pacific work was taken up once more after the martial interregnum, and in a desultory way he was busy at it, always secretly and moodily, until 1533, when he tired completely and never touched it again. - "A Wanderer in Florence", E. V. Lucas.
  3. F. A. Inderwick, The Interregnum, 188- 189. 1655. Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. - "A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718", Wallace Notestein.