- a person ruling a country, province, or colony as the deputy of a sovereign
- an American butterfly (Limenitis archippus) of striking orange-and-black coloring, much like the monarch butterfly, but smaller
Origin of viceroyMiddle French from vice- (see vice-) + roy, king from Classical Latin rex: see regal
- A man who is the governor of a country, province, or colony, ruling as the representative of a sovereign.
- An orange and black North American butterfly (Limenitis archippus), resembling but somewhat smaller than the monarch.
Origin of viceroyFrench vice- vice ; see vicereine . roi king ( from Latin rēx rēg-; see reg- in Indo-European roots.)
Middle French vice-roy, from vice- + roy (“king").