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)

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Other Words from regent

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

Examples of regent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Evers also appointed a new student regent to the board: Corey Saffold, a criminology student at UW-Whitewater. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gov. Tony Evers names three new UW regents, including Title IX lawyer who represented Quintez Cephus accusers," 1 June 2020 Located in a building that dates back to the 17th century, this romantic hotel in the fashionable Le Marais district was home of the 1st Duke of Bedford, a former regent of France. Carrie Dennis, Travel + Leisure, "10 Best Cheap Hotels in Paris, According to," 20 June 2020 Kieffer, the only regent present, had invited student leaders to discuss a plan to raise tuition. Nanette Asimov,, "A University of California regent, a sex harassment accusation and what an investigator found," 8 June 2020 The third new regent is Kyle Weatherly, CEO and co-founder of Frontdesk, one of the largest and fastest-growing home-sharing companies in the United States. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gov. Tony Evers names three new UW regents, including Title IX lawyer who represented Quintez Cephus accusers," 1 June 2020 The regents are scheduled to meet Thursday and consider UC President Janet Napolitano’s proposal to eliminate the requirement of the Scholastic Aptitude Test and the American College Testing exam for students seeking admission in the fall of 2021. Bob Egelko,, "Judge: UC can be sued for discrimination against low-income students due to use of SAT, ACT exams for admissions," 19 May 2020 The regents plan an April 27 virtual public hearing on the universities' tuition proposals, and the board is expected to vote on the proposals during a livestreamed meeting on May 7. Paul Davenport, azcentral, "Arizona tuition proposals are a mix of hikes, holding steady, unknowns," 20 Apr. 2020 In choosing Pines, the regents are elevating an insider at the helm of one of the university’s most prominent academic operations. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "Darryll Pines, a veteran engineering dean, to become next U-Md. president," 12 Feb. 2020 Crowned at Stirling in 1543, the regent was later welcomed as a guest at Doune. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Job Hunting? How About Working at a Stunning Scottish Castle?," 25 Dec. 2019

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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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“Regent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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 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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