re·​gen·​cy | \ ˈrē-jən(t)-sē How to pronounce regency (audio) \
plural regencies

Definition of regency

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the office, jurisdiction, or government of a regent or body of regents
2 : a body of regents
3 : the period of rule of a regent or body of regents



Definition of Regency (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

Noun The people supported the regency. Peace was restored during the regency. Adjective an example of Regency furniture
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As always, pop culture plays a role in inspiring some name trends, with shows like Bridgerton and The Witcher inspiring a lot of maximalist names — with dark academia, high fantasy and regency-core as popular subtrends. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 29 Sep. 2022 Jane Austen’s regency-era romantic comedy is brought to life on stage as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood deal with love and heartbreak after the sudden death of their father leaves them in a precarious position. Joey Morona, cleveland, 14 Sep. 2022 Fearful of meeting the same fate, Antoine readily yielded the regency to Catherine. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Sep. 2022 Next year’s Outdoor Media Summit is scheduled for October 30 to Nov. 1, 2022 and will take place at the Hyatt regency Lake Tahoe Resort in North Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Eric Smith, Outside Online, 1 Oct. 2021 Like that regency-era show, Mr. Malcolm’s List serves up its gilded rituals and lessons in love and friendship with a multiracial and multicultural showcase. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 June 2022 Up your Cottagecore game with a set linen cocktail napkins featuring regency-era accessories like a parasol, a fan, and some pointy-toe shoes, all in Bridgerton's signature pastel palette. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 4 Mar. 2022 And while the cosmetic capsule is inspired by the bold, flirty and vibrant regency-era makeup seen on the blockbuster Netflix show, Phillippe and McGrath met in a very 2021 way ⁠— through Instagram DMs! Brittany Talarico,, 10 Dec. 2021 It’s been great to see that audience really embrace the experience, bringing the live music, that regency era and then breaking down the hurdles. Selome Hailu, Variety, 25 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of regency


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1811, in the meaning defined above

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“Regency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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