noun \ˈre-jə-mənt, ˈrej-mənt\

: a military unit that is usually made of several large groups of soldiers (called battalions)

Full Definition of REGIMENT

archaic :  governmental rule
:  a military unit consisting usually of a number of battalions

Origin of REGIMENT

Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin regimentum, alteration of Latin regimen
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical


verb \ˈre-jə-ˌment\

: to organize and control (something) strictly

: to control the behavior of (people) strictly

Full Definition of REGIMENT

transitive verb
:  to form into or assign to a regiment
a :  to organize rigidly especially for the sake of regulation or control <regiment an entire country>
b :  to subject to order or uniformity
reg·i·men·ta·tion \ˌre-jə-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen-\ noun

Examples of REGIMENT

  1. They carefully regiment their son's diet.
  2. She criticized the way the school regiments its students by having strict rules.

First Known Use of REGIMENT


Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In most armies, a body of troops headed by a colonel and divided into companies, battalions, or squadrons. French cavalry units were called regiments as early as 1558. In early U.S. service, as in European armies up to that time, the usual number of companies in a regiment was 10. Early in the 19th century, Napoleon divided the regiments of the French army into three battalions each, and in 1901 the U.S. Army adopted the three-battalion infantry regimental system.


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