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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Details of the regiment’s arrival in Liverpool come from the war diary of Lt. WSJ, "Archangel Endnotes," 9 Nov. 2018 After Indian independence in 1947, Britain, Nepal and India reached an agreement to transfer four Gurkha regiments to the Indian army. Fox News, "Elite Gurkhas from Nepal deployed to secure Trump-Kim summit," 11 June 2018 After Indian independence in 1947, Britain, Nepal and India reached an agreement to transfer four Gurkha regiments to the Indian army. Washington Post, "Elite Gurkhas from Nepal deployed to secure Trump-Kim summit," 11 June 2018 The regiment was comprised mostly of Puerto Rican soldiers and served from 1899 through the Korean War. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "Borinqueneers Ceremony, Polish Festival In New Britain This Weekend," 26 Apr. 2018 Artillery regiments deployed along the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Korean Peninsula have chemical weapons aimed at South Korea that could unleash staggering casualties in Seoul. Theo Emery, Time, "The North Korea Summit Is Trump's Chance to Pressure Syria About Its Weapons, Too," 4 June 2018 Campbell said the regiment took strength from the traditional owners of the land, who had lived on the Torres Strait for generations. Aaron Smith, CNN, "Australia's forgotten indigenous World War II veterans," 24 Apr. 2018 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

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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