- the office, jurisdiction, or control of a regent or body of regents exercising the ruling power during the minority, absence, or disability of a sovereign.
- a body of regents.
- a government consisting of regents.
- a territory under the control of a regent or regents.
- the term of office of a regent.
- (initial capital letter) British History. the period (1811–20) during which George, Prince of Wales, later George IV, was regent.
- (initial capital letter) French History. the period of the minority of Louis XV.
- the office or function of a regent or ruler.
- of or relating to a regency.
- History/Historical. of or relating to the Regencies in England or France.
- (often initial capital letter) of or relating to the style of architecture, furnishings, and decoration of the British Regency, somewhat similar to the French Directoire and Empire styles and characterized by close imitation of ancient Greek forms as well as by less frequent and looser adaptations of ancient Roman, Gothic, Chinese, and ancient Egyptian forms.
Origin of regency
Examples from the Web for regency
Contemporary Examples of regency
Earlier this week, Regency Centers, a shopping center developer, sold $250 million in so-called green bonds.The Bond Market Goes Green
The Daily Beast
May 27, 2014
It began, for them all, with the urge to seek some form of liberty and escape the stultifying conventions of Regency England.The Man Who Invented Vampires and the Creepiest Literary Gathering Ever
November 24, 2013
Scher set up a face-to-face meeting with John Edwards on September 18 at the Regency Hotel in New York City.
Over drinks at the Regency that afternoon it was mutually decided that Miss Hunter would no longer travel with the candidate.
The most likely scenario is a collective leadership that will rule in the name of the Kim family—in effect, a regency.Report: Kim Jong-un Halts Military Exercises
The Daily Beast
December 21, 2011
Historical Examples of regency
A regency was proposed; and six physicians were called in to act in consultation.Beaux and Belles of England
The power of the council of the regency and its composition fell.
I speak here only of his conduct since the establishment of the regency.
On leaving the Regency, he came back to Ryder Street and dressed for dinner.The Education of Eric Lane
They exercise daily, and have petitioned to be authorised by their Regency.
- government by a regent or a body of regents
- the office of a regent or body of regents
- a territory under the jurisdiction of a regent or body of regents
Word Origin for regency
- (in the United Kingdom) the period (1811–20) during which the Prince of Wales (later George IV) acted as regent during his father's periods of insanity
- (in France) the period of the regency of Philip, Duke of Orleans, during the minority of Louis XV (1715–23)
- characteristic of or relating to the Regency periods in France or the United Kingdom or to the styles of architecture, furniture, art, literature, etc, produced in them
early 15c., "government by regents," from Medieval Latin regentia, from Latin regens (see regent). Notable instances were: France 1715-1723 (under Philip, Duke of Orleans), Britain 1811-1820 (under George, Prince of Wales, Prince Regent), "in each case with suggestion of debauchery" [Weekley]. In reference to the style of that time, attested from 1880 (there is an unexplained use in Jane Austen from 1793). Cf. French equivalent Régence, attested in English from 1919. U.S. Albany Regency refers to dominant political faction in New York state c.1820-1850.