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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The two bells in Wyoming followed a U.S. Army infantry regiment based on Samar during the U.S. occupation. Mead Gruver, The Seattle Times, "Wyoming officials oppose returning war-trophy church bells," 13 Aug. 2018 The battle standard of an African-American regiment in the Civil War. Fox News, "John Bolton on Maduro 'assassination' attempt, Russian election meddling," 5 Aug. 2018 McDaniel was a medic with the Eighth Cavalry Regiment Medical Company, supporting the regiment’s Third Battalion, DPAA said. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "Trump Releases Names of Two Service Members Returned From North Korea," 20 Sep. 2018 With the onset of the Civil War, Cailloux joined the Louisiana Native Guards, a Confederate regiment of free men of color. Mike Scott,, "In 1863, this New Orleans man made history. It cost him his life," 12 Apr. 2018 The frock coat signifies Harry's involvement in the Blues and Royals, a calvary regiment of the British Army which his grandmother, the Queen, is the Colonel-in-Chief of, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Interesting Reason Why Prince Harry's Real Wedding Uniform Won't Go on Display," 30 Aug. 2018 Both Harry and William wore the frock coat uniforms of the Blues and Royals regiment. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle," 19 May 2018 The superintendent at Mount Vernon had been in their regiment and gave them a personal tour. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘It has a story to tell’: How a descendant of Napoleon’s willow tree took root on a Seattle hillside," 30 Oct. 2018 Details of the regiment’s arrival in Liverpool come from the war diary of Lt. WSJ, "Archangel Endnotes," 9 Nov. 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 How to pronounce regiment (audio) \

Kids Definition of regiment

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

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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