regnal number

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regnal number (plural regnal numbers)

  1. An ordinal number that distinguishes a monarch from others of the same name
    • 2011, Norman Davies, Vanished Kingdoms, Penguin 2012, p. 429:
      Umberto I, who had fought at Solferino, had been christened with the name of the dynasty's founder, and changed his regnal number from IV to I.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Normally written as a Roman number e.g. Henry VIII for "Henry the eighth".