- the position, function, or authority of a regent or group of regents
- a group serving as regents
- a country or territory governed by a regent or group of regents
- the time during which a regent or regency governs
Origin of regencyMiddle English regencie ; from Medieval Latin regentia
designating or of a style of furniture of the French or British regencies, the French style characterized by scrollwork combined with natural forms, many curves, and strict balance and proportion, the English style by less massive forms and featuring metal or ebony inlay on mahogany and rosewood
- in England, the period (1811-20) during which George, Prince of Wales, acted as regent
- in France, the period (1715-23) during which Philip, Duke of Orléans, acted as regent
- A person or group selected to govern in place of a monarch or other ruler who is absent, disabled, or still in minority.
- The period during which a regent governs.
- The office, area of jurisdiction, or government of regents or a regent.
- Regency Of, relating to, or characteristic of the style, especially in furniture, prevalent in England during the regency (1811–1820) of George, Prince of Wales (later George IV).
- Regency Of, relating to, or characteristic of the style prevalent in France during the regency (1715–1723) of Philippe, Duc d'Orléans (1674–1723).
- Of or relating to a regency: regency policies and appointments that were later rescinded.
(countable and uncountable, plural regencies)
- (UK) the historical period in the United Kingdom - specifically 1811-1820 - in which King George IV ruled as Prince Regent.