viceroy

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noun vice·roy \ ˈvīs-ˌrȯi \

Definition of viceroy

1 :the governor of a country or province who rules as the representative of a king or sovereign
2 or viceroy butterfly :a showy North American nymphalid butterfly (Limenitis archippus) closely mimicking the monarch in coloration but smaller

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Origin and Etymology of viceroy

Middle French vice-roi, from vice- + roi king, from Old French rei, roi, from Latin reg-, rex


VICEROY Defined for English Language Learners

viceroy

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Definition of viceroy for English Language Learners

  • : a person sent by a king or queen to rule a colony in the past



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