reg·​i·​ment | \ ˈre-jə-mənt How to pronounce regiment (audio) , ˈrej-mənt\

Definition of regiment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : governmental rule
2 : a military unit consisting usually of a number of battalions


reg·​i·​ment | \ ˈre-jə-ˌment How to pronounce regiment (audio) \
regimented; regimenting; regiments

Definition of regiment (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to form into or assign to a regiment
2a : to organize rigidly especially for the sake of regulation or control regiment an entire country
b : to subject to order or uniformity

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regimentation \ ˌre-​jə-​mən-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce regimentation (audio) , -​ˌmen-​ \ noun

Examples of regiment in a Sentence


They carefully regiment their son's diet. She criticized the way the school regiments its students by having strict rules.

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Prince William and Prince Charles are royal colonels, which is a position given by the Queen to a member of the royal family that serves as Colonel-in-Chief of a regiment in the British army or navy., "Why Doesn't Prince Harry Ride on Horseback During Trooping the Colour Like Prince William?," 8 June 2019 Prince William is the Colonel of the Irish Guards, one of the seven regiments in the Household Division. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Why Kate Middleton Doesn't Sit Next to Prince William During Trooping the Colour," 3 June 2019 And that regiment happens to be the proud home of Cruachan, the beloved, mischievous Shetland Pony. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby Was Honored During the Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle," 7 May 2019 They weren’t permitted to join state troops, so federal black regiments were formed, said Joseph Becton, of the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Washington Post, "Battle flag carried by black Union troops hits auction block," 10 June 2019 The brooch, made out of natural diamonds, combines the badges of the five regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies—Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish, and Welsh Guards—that take turns each year trooping their colours for the Queen. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Queen's Trooping the Colour Diamond Brooch Holds Special Meaning for Her," 7 June 2019 Kate Middleton was among the attendees at this year's Beating Retreat, an annual concert held by the Household Division, the seven British army regiments serving the queen. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton's Chic Catherine Walker Look Makes Us Want to Wear Coats in June," 6 June 2019 That’s enough for three full air regiments of 24 fighters each, plus four spares. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What’s Going on With Russia’s New Stealth Fighter?," 18 May 2019 Jünger, having been conscripted into his old regiment, shared in the conquest of his old French battlegrounds. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘A German Officer in Occupied Paris’ Review: A Very Refined Occupation," 15 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Routines are typically regimented in the hockey world. Matthew Defranks,, "After elimination in the afternoon, Panthers beat Sabres in home finale," 8 Apr. 2018 Nash’s private training infuses pliability exercises and dynamic, explosive movements into otherwise regimented on-court workouts, as if yoga and basketball molded an entirely different sport. Jake Fischer,, "How the 76ers' T.J. McConnell Morphed from Undrafted to Invaluable," 5 Mar. 2018 And despite bees’ astoundingly complex industriousness — not to mention their fascinating, if regimented, social lives — the tiny creatures that help put fruits, veggies, and even nuts (such as almonds) on our tables need our help. Kevin Riordan,, "South Jersey beekeepers stung by proposed state regulations," 4 Feb. 2018 House, who played the past two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, said his former team regimented anthem decorum. Ryan Wood, USA TODAY, "Packers stress national anthem's importance amid NFL protests," 17 Aug. 2017 What’s going on today is more controlled and regimented. Scott Travis,, "South Florida schools search for new ways to find teachers," 21 July 2017 Brown had seen the drought as a means of achieving the aim of regimenting Californians to readjust their lifestyles in ways deemed environmentally correct. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: The downside of Obama’s apocalyptic progressivism," 19 Apr. 2017 Everything is regimented, and that had Tierney worried about Nadelen early in Nadelen’s career. Mike Preston,, "Preston: For Shawn Nadelen, Towson 'is a good place to be'," 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of regiment


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for regiment


Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin regimentum, alteration of Latin regimen

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English Language Learners Definition of regiment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a military unit that is usually made of several large groups of soldiers (called battalions)



English Language Learners Definition of regiment (Entry 2 of 2)

: to organize and control (something) strictly
: to control the behavior of (people) strictly


reg·​i·​ment | \ ˈre-jə-mənt How to pronounce regiment (audio) \

Kids Definition of regiment

: a military unit made up usually of a number of battalions

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