regent

noun

re·​gent ˈrē-jənt How to pronounce regent (audio)
1
: a person who governs a kingdom in the minority, absence, or disability of the sovereign
2
: a person who rules or reigns : governor
3
: a member of a governing board (as of a state university)
regent adjective
regental adjective

Examples of regent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The regents for both Oklahoma and Georgia filled the role. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 26 June 2024 Frenk told regents he was excited by the opportunity to help lift up students and the broader community through UCLA’s life-changing education, research and public service. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2024 Protesters have been calling for the University of Michigan to divest from Israel, which Acker and the other regents oppose; demonstrators showed up at Acker's home last month. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 6 June 2024 Notably, the regents didn’t push back on Yormark’s call for investment. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for regent 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin regent-, regens, from Latin, present participle of regere to direct — more at right

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Regent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regent. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

regent

noun
re·​gent ˈrē-jənt How to pronounce regent (audio)
1
: a person who governs a kingdom when a monarch is not able to
2
: a member of a governing group (as of a state university)
regent adjective
Etymology

Middle English regent "one who governs," from early French regent or Latin regent-, regens (both, same meaning), from earlier Latin regens, a form of the verb regere "to lead straight, govern, rule" — related to rail entry 1, regulate, rule

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