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

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For the 2018-19 school year, the universities expect to enroll 478 students, which would cost about $2.2 million, the regents' report said. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Remember Gov. Ducey's 'free college for teachers' plan? Here's what actually happened," 18 June 2018 Panicked at the possibility of the Hanover line losing the throne now that there was no direct heir, George IV, acting as regent for his father, and Parliament offered George III's sons a monetary incentive to produce a legitimate heir. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Was Queen Victoria's Uncle, King Leopold I of Belgium?," 18 Feb. 2019 Faculty members, student groups and a campus minister sued the regents in federal court, alleging prior restraint under the First Amendment. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Maricopa colleges get complaints over showing 'The Last Temptation of Christ' in class," 7 June 2018 The A&M System has had student regents on its board since 2006. Lindsay Ellis, Houston Chronicle, "First-ever A&M System student regent appointed from Prairie View A&M," 5 June 2018 The group — made up of The Roosevelt Institute at the University of Michigan and the U-M chapters of College Republicans and College Democrats — also asked the regents to increase the spending rate from the endowment on aid for students. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "University of Michigan students: Be more transparent about endowment investments," 15 Feb. 2018 Peter II ascended the throne at age 17 in a coup d'etat against his uncle and regent, who wished to ally Yugoslavia with Germany during WWII. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Queen Victoria's Descendants Still Reign Over Europe," 17 Feb. 2019 Texas A&M regents who authorized pursuit of the deal include some of Perry’s biggest political donors and his personal attorney. Washington Post, "New $2.5B contract awarded to manage nuclear weapons lab," 8 June 2018 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

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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 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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