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regency

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noun re·gen·cy \ˈrē-jən(t)-sē\

Simple Definition of regency

  • : a government or period of time in which a person (called a regent) rules in place of a king or queen

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of regency

plural

regencies

  1. 1 :  the office, jurisdiction, or government of a regent or body of regents

  2. 2 :  a body of regents

  3. 3 :  the period of rule of a regent or body of regents

Examples of regency in a sentence

  1. The people supported the regency.

  2. Peace was restored during the regency.



Did You Know?

In Britain, the years from the time when George III was declared insane until his death (1811–1820) are known as the Regency period, since in these years his son, the future George IV, served as Prince Regent, or acting monarch. (Sometimes the term covers the period up to the end of George IV's own reign in 1830.) The Regency is remembered for its elegant architecture and fashions, its literature (especially the works of Jane Austen), and its politics. Today hotels, furniture, and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic carry the name "Regency" to identify with the period's style, and hundreds of modern romance novels—called simply "Regencies"—have been set in the period. Though there have been dozens of European regencies over the centuries, for Americans today there seems to be only one Regency.

15th Century

First Known Use of regency

15th century


Regency

adjective re·gen·cy

Simple Definition of Regency

  • : of, relating to, or like the styles in Britain during the period 1811–20

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of Regency

  1. :  of, relating to, or characteristic of the styles of George IV's regency as Prince of Wales during the period 1811–20

Examples of regency in a sentence

  1. an example of Regency furniture



Did You Know?

In Britain, the years from the time when George III was declared insane until his death (1811–1820) are known as the Regency period, since in these years his son, the future George IV, served as Prince Regent, or acting monarch. (Sometimes the term covers the period up to the end of George IV's own reign in 1830.) The Regency is remembered for its elegant architecture and fashions, its literature (especially the works of Jane Austen), and its politics. Today hotels, furniture, and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic carry the name "Regency" to identify with the period's style, and hundreds of modern romance novels—called simply "Regencies"—have been set in the period. Though there have been dozens of European regencies over the centuries, for Americans today there seems to be only one Regency.

1880

First Known Use of regency

1880


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