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


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

In 1794 Brummell moved to London and joined the elite Tenth Royal Hussars regiment, commanded by the Prince of Wales, later to become King George IV. Ignacio Peyró, National Geographic, "This 19th-century London dandy caused a style revolution," 18 June 2019 Yoga has been part of Markle's workout regiment since her Suits days, when she could be seen walking around Toronto with her yoga mat. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Snuck in a Yoga Class Before the U.S. Open," 7 Sep. 2019 The story is told from the point of view of Lieutenant Colonel Georges Picquart (Dujardin), who is present at Dreyfus’ public humiliation in the opening scene where he is stripped of his rank in front of the army regiments looking on contemptuously. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'An Officer and a Spy': Film Review | Venice 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 The name of the parade derives from the custom of the various regiments showing off their regimental flags, then crucial on battlefields for troops to recognize in the fog of war. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan attends Trooping the Colour after skipping Trump visit, Prince Louis makes balcony debut," 8 June 2019 The arrangement of the finds also shows the areas where different military regiments fought. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Artifacts from the Final Battle of the English Civil War Uncovered During Road Project," 5 Sep. 2019 Robert Gould Shaw trains and leads an all-black regiment during the U.S. Civil War. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 After a few months of recuperation in England, Field tried to return to the 551st only to discover that so few men had survived Rochelinval that the battalion was deactivated and the remaining members like himself were folded into another regiment. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Daughter honors father’s memory at 75th anniversary of ‘The Other D-Day’ in France," 6 Aug. 2019 According to Foles, none of that would have happened if not for his determination to ground himself in his faith, family and strict mental and physical health regiments. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "As his Jaguars chapter begins, QB Nick Foles focuses on physical, spiritual health," 21 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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 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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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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