vice·​roy | \ ˈvīs-ˌrȯi How to pronounce viceroy (audio) \

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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The Victoria Memorial Hall, as it would be called, had been dreamed up by Lord Curzon, the former viceroy of India, who envisioned it as a museum celebrating the late Queen Victoria and British rule in India. Maya Jasanoff, The New York Review of Books, "Lost Calcutta," 23 May 2019 Sources: Bradford Harris, TobacCo control, 2011 ; viceroy; Truth Initiative; terraCycle; 5 GyreS Institute Starting in the late 1930s, scientists began making connections between cigarettes and public health risks. National Geographic, "Cigarette butts are toxic plastic pollution. Should they be banned?," 9 Aug. 2019 Despite the viceroy’s instructions, the band of friars had zero interest in bartering. Bruce Berger, WSJ, "‘Escalante’s Dream’ Review: Long Road Through the West," 12 July 2019 Gilmour is the author of distinguished books that include a biography of Lord Curzon, a controversial viceroy, and The Ruling Caste, a study of India’s administrators during the Raj. Max Hastings, The New York Review of Books, "Staying On," 4 Apr. 2019 On a late summer morning in 1979, Lord Louis Mountbatten — cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, World War II hero, last viceroy of India — set off on his fishing boat from the coast of Ireland after breakfast in his castle. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "Beloved Lord Mountbatten was killed by terrorists. Now he’s a royal baby’s namesake.," 28 Apr. 2018 So, for example, featured prominently are Winston Churchill, Christopher Isherwood, Humphry House, successive viceroys of India, and an Indian Civil Service officer named Michael Carritt (who was also a Communist spy). Neel Mukherjee, WSJ, "‘The Last Englishmen’ Review: India, Everest and Empire," 23 Aug. 2018 In May 1718, that same viceroy oversaw establishment of two of three institutions required to expand the territory: the mission of San Antonio de Valero, which later became known as the Alamo, and the Presidio San Antonio de Bejar. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "SA300 Tricentennial guests showcase San Antonio’s global reach at Founder’s Day Gala," 2 May 2018 But the viceroy was the one who decided in the decree that the Canary Islanders and the soldiers of the presidio would take their water from San Pedro Creek. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "“Day of Reflection” marks San Antonio’s Tricentennial," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of viceroy

1524, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for viceroy

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

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

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