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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Recent Examples on the Web On July 29, 1776, at the viceroy’s behest, 10 men, none of them soldiers or merchants, set off on horseback. Bruce Berger, WSJ, "‘Escalante’s Dream’ Review: Long Road Through the West," 12 July 2019 On June 3, 1947, the British viceroy, Lord Mountbatten, announced that the withdrawal of British Empire would create two independent nations, with Pakistan carved out for Muslims. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "The Jungle Prince of Delhi," 22 Nov. 2019 Moving to India as viceroy, in 1888, provided him a grander stage and more difficult responsibilities, not least handling sectarian tensions between Hindus and Muslims and unrest in neighboring Afghanistan. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, "‘Lansdowne’ Review: Noble Aspirations," 26 Dec. 2018 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

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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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“Viceroy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of viceroy

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

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