- acting in place of a king or ruler: a prince regent
- Now Rare acting as ruler; ruling
Origin of regentMiddle English from Middle French or ML: Middle French regent from Medieval Latin regens from L, present participle of regere, to rule: see right
- a person appointed to rule a monarchy when the sovereign is absent or too young or incapacitated to rule
- a member of the governing board of certain institutions, as of a state university or a state system of schools
- any of certain other university officers
- Now Rare a ruler; governor
Origin of regentME
- One who rules during the minority, absence, or disability of a monarch.
- One acting as a ruler or governor.
- A member of a board that governs an institution, such as a state university.
Origin of regentMiddle English from Old French from Latin regēns regent- ruler from present participle of regere to rule ; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more regent, superlative most regent)
From Old French regent, from Latin regÄ“ns (“ruling, as a noun, a ruler, governor, prince"); present participle of regÅ (“I govern, I steer").