viceroy

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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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 That same year, the Marqués de Valero, viceroy of New Spain, approved a plan to move the mission of San Francisco Solano from Guerrero, Coahuila, near the Rio Grande. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s ‘birthday week’ begins Tuesday," 30 Apr. 2018 There's also Louis Mountbatten, the last viceroy of India and uncle to the baby's great-grandfather, Prince Philip, BBC points out. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Royal Baby Prince Louis Has an Important Meaning Behind His Name," 27 Apr. 2018 The viceroy needn't trouble himself with such details. Anchorage Daily News, "All hail Ryan Zinke, our imperial viceroy," 21 Mar. 2018 The date, May 5, 1718, reflects the founding of a city — and a place of conversion — for the viceroy of New Spain. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Since Spanish arrival here, the church has been amassing treasures," 13 Jan. 2018 The Viceroy's House A new British viceroy is appointed to oversee India's transition in 1947 from colony to independent nation. Chris Ball, cleveland.com, "'Victoria and Abdul,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 7 Jan. 2018 Clara soon meets a gingerbread soldier named Phillip (Hayden Fowora-Knight), an army of mice and the viceroys of the three Realms: Land of Flowers, Land of Snowflakes and Land of Sweets, where Keira Knightley acts as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Nutcracker and the Four Realms' Trailer Teases Mysterious, Magical World," 19 Dec. 2017

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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

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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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