Rain, Reign, and Rein
The Quick AnswerRain, reign, or rein?
- Rain is the drops of water that fall from clouds.
- Reign is the period during which a sovereign occupies the throne.
- Rein is a long strap used to lead a horse.
RainThe noun rain denotes the drops of water that fall from the clouds. (The word rain can also be used as a verb.)
- A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in. (Frederick the Great)
- My face looks like a wedding cake left out in the rain. (W H Auden)
- If it were raining soup, they would go out with forks. (Brendan Behan) (This is an example of rain being used as a verb.)
ReignThe noun reign means the period during which a sovereign occupies the throne. (The word reign can also be used as a verb.)
- Queen Elizabeth II has launched 17 ships during her reign.
- Over the course of the Queen's reign, over a million people have attended garden parties at Buckingham Palace.
- Queen Victoria reigned for 63 years. (This is an example of reign being used as a verb.)
ReinThe noun rein denotes a long strap, usually made from leather, that is used to lead a horse. (The word rein can also be used as a verb.)
- If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins. (Benjamin Franklin)
- Reins can be made of leather, nylon, or metal.
- At what point does CNN wise up and rein in 'Larry King Live' to save itself? (Phil Rosenthal) (This is an example of rein being used as a verb.)
Common Terms with "Rain," "Rein," and "Reign"Common terms with the word "rain":
- rain showers
- As right as rain.
- It's raining cats and dogs.
- free rein
- pick up the reins
- reign of terror
- reign supreme
- to reign over
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