reg·i·ment | \ˈre-jə-mənt, 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 \
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, -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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Muhlenberg commanded a Virginia regiment during the Revolution, first seeing action at Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina. John Kelly, Washington Post, "A park on Connecticut Avenue NW has a statue of John Muhlenberg. Why?," 7 July 2018 Such future changes are little help to veterans like Russell Langshaw, who served in an Army Ranger regiment in the 1990s. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Injured in Training or Injured in Combat? It Makes a Big Difference in Vets’ Access to Care," 31 May 2018 Each was dressed in the dark blue frock-coat military uniform of the Blues and Royals, a cavalry regiment. Christina Boyle,, "Joyous crowds greet newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after their marriage ceremony," 19 May 2018 Prince Harry completed two tours of Afghanistan with the Household Cavalry regiment and holds ceremonial positions with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. Kara Fox, CNN, "'Breathtaken' and 'blessed': the world reacts to the royal wedding," 19 May 2018 The glider regiments quickly build landing strips for the troop transports. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2017 Andrew was a member of the Blues and Royals, the second-most senior regiment in the Army under the ultimate command of Queen Elizabeth. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "How Camilla Parker Bowles Gained a Large Net Worth Even Before Marrying Prince Charles," 6 July 2018 Split into two amphibious deployment regiments, the unit is equipped with amphibious vehicles and will continue training with US military forces, a Japan Self Defense Forces press release said. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Chinese government wary as Japan unveils first marine unit since WWII," 9 Apr. 2018 Trump, who is known to appreciate military flourish, will be pleased to see the Coldstream Guards, the oldest continuously serving regiment in the British Army. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "What to expect when the Trumps meet Queen Elizabeth II at her favorite castle," 11 July 2018

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 \

Kids Definition of regiment

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

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