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

Examples of viceroy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gandhi’s country, India, entered the European conflict in 1939 not out of any popular desire to quash Nazism but because its British viceroy had declared war on its behalf. Daniel Immerwahr, The Atlantic, 4 Apr. 2022 Mexico’s love for bread dates back to the mid-1500s, when a viceroy dipped bread into hot chocolate in front of a crowd of people, reports the food website Eater. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Dec. 2021 The Portuguese viceroy Alfonso de Albuquerque’s conquest of Goa, on the west coast of India, occurred nine years before the conquistador Hernán Cortés’s 1519 march on Mexico. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021 Carlson pointed to one of the letters in a glass case that Castillo’s father, Pelayo de Yturri y Castillo, wrote to the Spanish viceroy in 1803, asking permission for his son Manuel to leave the Basque country of northern Spain and travel to Mexico. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Oct. 2021 Is Lakshmi under the impression that the Weingartens of the Bronx were descendants of a British viceroy? David Harsanyi, National Review, 24 Aug. 2021 Spanish viceroy Juan de Mendoza commissioned the project in the early 1600s to stop water that entered the city from the nearby Xaltocan and Zumpango lakes, per a 2019 INAH statement. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 July 2021 Experts agree that the practice became popular in Cairo in the 1860s under the rule of Ismail Pasha, Ottoman viceroy and ruler over Egypt. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Apr. 2021 Mountbatten, who had served as a leader in Britain’s armed forces and as the last viceroy of India, was killed by an IRA bomb in Ireland while on a boat trip for pleasure. NBC News, 20 Apr. 2021 See More

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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 25 May. 2022.

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