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

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When Was the regency Period?

In Britain, the years from the time when George III was declared insane until his death (1811–1820) are known as the Regency period, since in these years his son, the future George IV, served as Prince Regent, or acting monarch. (Sometimes the term covers the period up to the end of George IV's own reign in 1830.) The Regency is remembered for its elegant architecture and fashions, its literature (especially the works of Jane Austen), and its politics. Today hotels, furniture, and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic carry the name "Regency" to identify with the period's style, and hundreds of modern romance novels—called simply "Regencies"—have been set in the period.

Examples of regency in a Sentence

Noun The people supported the regency. Peace was restored during the regency. Adjective an example of Regency furniture
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At the secret ball, guests will don regency garb, choose a title, and enter the Bridgerton family's social circle. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 28 June 2021 Ru has no choice but to call a tie, awarding Ra’Jah a neat $20,000 and earning Brooke yet another regency as Queen of the North. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, 25 June 2021 The program, in Cianjur regency, West Java, is part of the district's effort to increase the number of vaccines administered to citizens age 45 and over. Amy Sood, CNN, 17 June 2021 The city was active during the reign of Amenhotep III as well as during his co-regency with his son, Amenhotep IV, also known as Akhenaton. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2021 Just over a month into the queen’s regency, France’s ally, Scotland’s James IV, had declared war on England, bringing a period of peace between the neighboring nations to an end. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Oct. 2020 Over eight days in late March, more than 14,000 people hopped on almost 900 buses from Jakarta, the capital, to Wonogiri regency in central Java. The Economist, 24 May 2020 Jakarta, a city of more than 10m people, secured approval on April 10th; since then at least 20 provinces and regencies have followed suit. The Economist, 24 May 2020 Stardust, the David Bowie biopic starring regency Emma. hunk Johnny Flynn, was supposed to have its premiere at the Tribeca Festival Festival. Kathryn Lindsay,, 16 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'regency.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of regency

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a government or period of time in which a person (called a regent) rules in place of a king or queen



English Language Learners Definition of Regency (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or like the styles in Britain during the period 1811-20


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