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viceroy

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noun vice·roy \ˈvīs-ˌrȯi\

Simple Definition of viceroy

  • : a person sent by a king or queen to rule a colony in the past

Full Definition of viceroy

  1. 1 :  the governor of a country or province who rules as the representative of a king or sovereign

  2. 2 :  a showy North American nymphalid butterfly (Limenitis archippus) closely mimicking the monarch in coloration but smaller

Origin of viceroy

Middle French vice-roi, from vice- + roi king, from Old French rei, roi, from Latin reg-, rex


First Known Use: 1524



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