regent

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noun re·gent \ˈrē-jənt\

Definition of regent

  1. 1 :  a person who governs a kingdom in the minority, absence, or disability of the sovereign

  2. 2 :  a person who rules or reigns :  governor

  3. 3 :  a member of a governing board (as of a state university)

regent

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regental

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Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 15th century


REGENT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of regent for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


REGENT Defined for Kids

regent

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noun re·gent \ˈrē-jənt\

Definition of regent for Students

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



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