| source : web1913 | Interregnum \In`ter*reg"num\, n.; pl. {Interregnums}. [L., fr. inter between + regnum dominion, reign. See {Reign}, and cf. {Interreign}.] 1. The time during which a throne is vacant between the death or abdication of a sovereign and the accession of his successor. 2. Any period during which, for any cause, the executive branch of a government is suspended or interrupted. | source : wn | interregnum n : the time between two reigns, governments, etc. | source : devils | INTERREGNUM, n. The period during which a monarchical country is governed by a warm spot on the cushion of the throne. The experiment of letting the spot grow cold has commonly been attended by most unhappy results from the zeal of many worthy persons to make it warm again. The word of the day is not really interregnum, but dictionary.com is spewing compound words again, and I came across my word, today, in the book I am reading.