re·​gent | \ ˈrē-jənt How to pronounce regent (audio) \

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)

Other Words from regent

regent adjective
regental \ ˈrē-​jən-​tᵊl How to pronounce regent (audio) \ adjective

Examples of regent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Taylor Robson, 57, resigned her position as a regent in 2021 to launch her bid for governor. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 7 July 2022 No restrictions of any kind Ever since it was first held in 1810 to mark the wedding of the Wittelsbacher prince regent, Ludwig I, to his bride Therese, the festival has been cancelled only 26 times — mainly during times of war. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 29 Apr. 2022 Her novels were published during the Regency, an 1811 to 1820 window in which George, Prince of Wales, ruled as regent in lieu of his father, whom Parliament had deemed mentally unfit to rule. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2022 One regent in the majority warned that 400 of 550 constituents who contacted him supported the resolution — a promising sign for Pillen, who would go on to win the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Daniel Golden, ProPublica, 4 July 2022 Isabella would act as regent until Edward III came of age. Anne Thériault, Longreads, 21 June 2022 Haskell's silly, quirky portayal of the King who was the regent in charge during the American Revolution is a comedic delight. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 9 June 2022 Connerly is president of the American Civil Rights Institute, a group critical of affirmative action programs, and a former University of California regent. Jared Council, Forbes, 23 May 2022 After many machinations, Fredegund became the regent for her own young son, ruling over Neustria. Shelley Puhak, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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re·​gent | \ ˈrē-jənt How to pronounce regent (audio) \

Kids Definition of regent

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

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