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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In these special hideaways, guests can live like royals (if only for a night or two) and explore secret passageways, relax in private gardens, or stare out at vistas once reserved for the pope, the viceroy of Egypt, or Louis XV.
The following year, Louis Mountbatten was made the last British viceroy of India to administer India’s independence.
She was born without a formal title, the elder daughter of Lord Louis Mountbatten, Britain’s onetime First Sea Lord and its last imperial viceroy in India, and a prominent heiress of the day, Edwina Ashley.
Viceroy will also be hitting the festival circuit this year with stops at Electric Forest this month and Life is Beautiful in September.
Hugh Bonneville plays Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last viceroy of India, who oversaw British India’s transition into two independent states, a task made more complicated by violent clashes between India’s Hindu and Muslim populations.
The heads of its regional combatant commands serve as viceroys — often better connected to foreign governments than ambassadors.
Her father was famed interior designer David Hicks, and her mother is Lady Pamela Hicks, whose father was the last viceroy of India (hence India's name.)
The butterfly—as well as another species, the viceroy—acquire the scent from feeding on wintergreen flowers, says Katy Prudic, an entomologist at the University of Arizona.
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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
First Known Use: 1524See Words from the same year
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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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