regency

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noun

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

Regency

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adjective

: 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 of 2022, South Sulawesi has lost 11% of its tree cover since 2000 with the greatest loss seen in East Luwu regency, according to Global Forest Watch, an initiative of the World Resources Institute. Alex Stambaugh, CNN, 8 Dec. 2023 Royal Crown Derby Darley Abbey $235 This ornate china pattern captures a historic regency influence using delicate lines and intricate curves that make up twirling foliate and filigree leaves. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 27 Feb. 2024 The Night Of Enchantment Rug has old-world regency vibes in two colors, Deep Teal and Plum. Amanda Lauren, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 The regency romance’s third season is all about Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and her longtime crush, Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton). Olivia Truffaut-Wong, refinery29.com, 27 Dec. 2023 Penelope Featherington, from Bridgerton with this yellow ball gown fit for the regency era. Olivia Evans, Women's Health, 7 Sep. 2023 The dual-tiered metal cart features a geometric metal frame reminiscent of art deco or Hollywood regency interior design. Maria Conti, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 June 2023 The film notably departs from Hollywood’s period piece conventions and offers a modern spin on the regency romance genre, showcasing not only a racially inclusive cast of characters but women who refuse to conform to the expectations and boundaries set by society. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 July 2022 Because Edward—the son of Henry’s third wife, Jane Seymour, who died in childbirth—was just 9 years old at the time of his accession, a regency council headed by his uncle, Jane’s brother Edward (John Heffernan), the Lord Protector, ruled the kingdom on his behalf. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1811, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of regency was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Regency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regency. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

regency

noun
re·​gen·​cy ˈrē-jən-sē How to pronounce regency (audio)
plural regencies
1
: the office, authority, or government of a regent or body of regents
2
: the period of rule of a regent or body of regents
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