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regent (ˈriːdʒənt Pronunciation for regent



  1. the ruler or administrator of a country during the minority, absence, or incapacity of its monarch
  2. (formerly) a senior teacher or administrator in any of certain universities
  3. (US & Canadian) a member of the governing board of certain schools and colleges
  4. (rare) any person who governs or rules


  1. (usually postpositive) acting or functioning as a regent   ⇒ a queen regent
  2. (rare) governing, ruling, or controlling

Derived Forms

ˈregental adjective
ˈregentship noun

Word Origin

C14: from Latin regēns ruling, from regere to rule

Example Sentences Including 'regent'

He bulldozed Elizabeth into a military strike in Scotland to assist the Protestant Lords in revolt against the Catholic regent.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
In 1388, her son Federico died before accessing the throne and she became regent for her second born, Mariano.
Country Life (2005)
In any case, he advised Franco to proclaim Spain a monarchy and declare himself regent.
Preston, Paul Franco
While Denmark's reigning monarch Margrethe is a woman and is referred to as Queen, she is officially merely a regent.
The Mercury, Sunday Tasmanian (2004)
green regent (1969--79) Formed in Surrey by ex-members of Blues Railroad and Clarissa's Vermilion Pigge.
David Cavanagh MUSIC FOR BOYS (2003)


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