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 Now Mountbatten—a military strategist who was much admired by Winston Churchill, and who served as India’s pre-independence viceroy—is turning his attention to Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor). Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "Royal Competition in “The Crown”," 15 Nov. 2020 She was pictured with Lord Mountbatten, the last viceroy of India; John Paul Getty, the industrialist and collector; Bob Hope; Ambassador Clare Boothe Luce; Madame and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek; and others. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Roberta McCain Dies at 108; Mother of the Senator and His Beacon," 12 Oct. 2020 According to legend, in the late 1630s, the Countess of Chinchon of Spain became ill with malaria while living in Peru, and her husband, the viceroy, sought help from the Incas. Dallas News, "Hooked on tonics: How tonic water went from medicinal to trendy cocktail mixer," 28 Aug. 2020 He may be seen as Vladimir Putin’s viceroy in Chechnya. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "The Example Of Oyub Titeiv," 5 Mar. 2020 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

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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 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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