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 regent (audio) \ adjective

Examples of regent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Karen Mazzola, a member of the San Diego Linares Chapter and the state regent’s history book chairperson, served as the book’s chief photographer, editor and layout designer. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 May 2021 Evers also reappointed Regent John Miller, a venture capital fund founder who has been a longtime Democratic donor, to the board and named Brianna Tucker, a freshman at UW-Stevens Point, as a student regent. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 The resolution passed with five votes in favor and two abstentions from Weiser and regent Sarah Hubbard, the only other republican on the board. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 2 Apr. 2021 Evers also on Friday appointed UW-Stevens Point freshman Brianna Tucker to serve as a student regent. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Apr. 2021 The rare criticism by the academic leaders of a regent just adds to the controversy involving Weiser, who also is the head of the state Republican Party. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, 28 Mar. 2021 Mondale served as a regent of the Smithsonian Institution during his vice presidency, and his late wife, Joan, was a strong supporter of the plan to acquire the National Museum of African Art, then existing in a series of Washington rowhouses. Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021 And a candidate on the verge of becoming the board's first Native American regent missed the cut. Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune, 16 Mar. 2021 Verhalen edged Hsu, who sought to become the first regent of color to win re-election in 22 years. Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune, 16 Mar. 2021

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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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20 May 2021

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“Regent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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