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

Definition of regiment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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

Definition of regiment (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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

Examples of regiment in a Sentence

Verb 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 Last year there were a lot more regiments, micro-zoomed in trying to focus on all of the details. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Overwatch guru, former Fuel coach ‘Jayne’ on team’s roster, OWL and Hero Pools," 5 Feb. 2020 Hubert, who was awarded the highest French order of merit three years ago for his brave actions that day, served in the British Royal Artillery regiment during the war. Fox News, "D-Day hero surprised by friends, family with party on 95th birthday," 11 Nov. 2019 Charles, wearing camouflage fatigues and the parachute regiment’s maroon beret, mingled with the veterans after the service as more paratroopers drifted to the ground behind him. Mike Corder, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Parachutists jump over Dutch heath to mark WWII operation," 21 Sep. 2019 Just a few weeks later, the first regiments of soldiers were dispatched to France. NBC News, "How '1917' highlights erased contributions of Indian soldiers during WWI," 7 Feb. 2020 Two messengers have until dawn to alert the British general in charge of the nearby regiment. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "1917 film review: War has never been captured so incredibly," 10 Jan. 2020 The regiment are really appreciative of the support the families provide by picking up the burden when the service person is away. Simon Perry,, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Surprise Military Families Over Coffee — and Talk About Archie," 7 Nov. 2019 And this regiment wasn’t in Fukuchiyama but was headquartered in Fukakusa / Fushimi, in Kyoto City. Haruki Murakami, The New Yorker, "Abandoning a Cat," 30 Sep. 2019 The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports a group called the Honor the 14 Foundation is behind the push, which aims to memorialize 14 Medal of Honor recipients from a black regiment of the Union Army. USA TODAY, "Purple potatoes, suffragette mountain, pig your pardon?: News from around our 50 states," 17 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The coach explained that Tuesday’s full-court practice with the Mad Ants wasn’t necessarily part of Oladipo’s regimented rehab program and won’t be a daily occurrence still for some time, but things went well nonetheless. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Victor Oladipo practices full court 5-on-5 Tuesday for first time since January injury," 12 Nov. 2019 Schedules are set, the practices regimented, the paychecks stable. Los Angeles Times, "Alix Klineman’s transition to beach volleyball has been everything she and April Ross could have hoped for," 15 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of regiment


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1617, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for regiment


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

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The first known use of regiment was in the 14th century

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27 Feb 2020

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“Regiment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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)


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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) \

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

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