Regency definition

rējən-sē
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A person or group selected to govern in place of a monarch or other ruler who is absent, disabled, or still in minority.
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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.
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A group serving as regents.
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The office, area of jurisdiction, or government of regents or a regent.
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A system of government that substitutes for the reign of a king or queen when that king or queen becomes unable to rule.
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The time during which a regent is in power.
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(UK) The historical period in the United Kingdom - specifically 1811-1820 - in which King George IV ruled as Prince Regent.
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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).
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The period during which a regent governs.
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Of, relating to, or characteristic of the style prevalent in France during the regency (1715–1723) of Philippe, Duc d'Orléans (1674–1723).
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Of or relating to a regency.

Regency policies and appointments that were later rescinded.

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The position, function, or authority of a regent or group of regents.
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A country or territory governed by a regent or group of regents.
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The time during which a regent or regency governs.
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the Regency
  • 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
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
regency
Plural:
regencies

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the Regency

Origin of regency

  • From Latin rex/regere, and English abstract-noun suffix -ency.

    From Wiktionary