Regent definition

rējənt
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Acting in place of a king or ruler.

A prince regent.

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One who rules during the minority, absence, or disability of a monarch.
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One acting as a ruler or governor.
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(now rare) Acting as ruler; ruling.
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A person appointed to rule a monarchy when the sovereign is absent or too young or incapacitated to rule.
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(now rare) A ruler; governor.
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A member of the governing board of certain institutions, as of a state university or a state system of schools.
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Any of certain other university officers.
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One who rules in place of the monarch because the monarch is too young, absent, or disabled.
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A member of governing board.
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Ruling; governing; regnant.
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Exercising vicarious authority.

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(UK) A member of the British Royal Family who rules in a de facto fashion because the official king or queen is unable to do so for whatever reason.
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A member of a board that governs an institution, such as a state university.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
regent
Plural:
regents

Origin of regent

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin regēns regent- ruler from present participle of regere to rule reg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French regent, from Latin regÄ“ns (“ruling, as a noun, a ruler, governor, prince"); present participle of regō (“I govern, I steer").

    From Wiktionary