vice·​roy·​al·​ty | \ ˈvīs-ˌrȯi(-ə)l-tē How to pronounce viceroyalty (audio) , ˌvīs-ˈrȯi(-ə)l- \

Definition of viceroyalty

: the office, authority, or term of service of a viceroy also : the territory or jurisdiction of a viceroy

Examples of viceroyalty in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These northern Europeans were tempted above all by reports of the fabulous gold of an American El Dorado, and of the rich silver resources of the Spanish viceroyalties of New Spain (Mexico) and Peru. J.h. Elliott, The New York Review of Books, "Spain’s America," 9 May 2019 That’s in addition to the costs posed if the U.S. enters new wars because of spillover from the Afghan viceroyalty. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "Are Mercenaries Really a Cheaper Way of War?," 9 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of viceroyalty

1703, in the meaning defined above

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“Viceroyalty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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