noun vice·roy \ˈvīs-ˌri\

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

Full Definition of VICEROY

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

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism


Next Word in the Dictionary: viceroyaltyPrevious Word in the Dictionary: vicereineAll Words Near: viceroy
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears