re·​gent | \ ˈrē-jənt \

Definition of regent

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)

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Other Words from regent

regent adjective
regental \ ˈrē-​jən-​tᵊl \ adjective

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The coverup effort, McCaw said, involves Pepper Hamilton, six Baylor regents, at least two senior Baylor administrators and the school's general counsel. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Ex-Baylor athletic director: Black athletes made scapegoats," 27 June 2018 The author was married to Fujiwara no Kane’ie, the regent for the Emperor Ichijo. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "The Tradition of Telling All," 30 Nov. 2018 The report has not been made public by the university, and no commission members or regents have discussed its findings. David Ginsburg, The Seattle Times, "Report: Maryland football not ‘toxic,’ but has problems," 25 Oct. 2018 The governor of the province that includes Lombok, the military, the national search and rescue agency and regent of North Lombok issued different death tolls on Wednesday that ranged from 226 to 381. Fox News, "The Latest: Official death toll still 131 in Indonesia quake," 9 Aug. 2018 James Brady’s recent resignation as chairman of the University System of Maryland’s board of regents was a rare example of a prominent university board leader taking the fall for a campus scandal. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "When Scandals Hit Campus, College Boards Rarely Get Hurt," 9 Nov. 2018 In Wisconsin, the strictest of these states, rules drafted by the state university’s board of regents allow students to be expelled if they are found to have disrupted the speech of other students three times. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Data shows a surprising campus free speech problem: left-wingers being fired for their opinions," 3 Aug. 2018 Queen Elizabeth II, the groom's grandmother and longest serving regent on the British throne, has launched four ships, including the Queen Elizabeth (1938), the QE2 (1967) and the Queen Elizabeth 2 (2010). Rosemary Mcclure,, "Cunard's cruise ships plan Prince Harry and Meghan wedding-watching parties," 8 May 2018 In addition to its statement, a Baylor spokesman said that Baylor regents, including Gray, were not present when the findings of fact submitted by Pepper Hamilton were drafted. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Ex-Baylor athletic director: Black athletes made scapegoats," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of regent

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for regent

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

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English Language Learners Definition of regent

: a person who rules a kingdom when the king or queen is not able to rule because he or she is sick, too young, etc.


re·​gent | \ ˈrē-jənt \

Kids Definition of regent

: a person who temporarily governs a kingdom in place of a monarch

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