[ree-juh n-see]

noun, plural re·gen·cies.


Origin of regency

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word rēgentia. See regent, -ency Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for regency

authority, dominion, power, rule, dominance

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British Dictionary definitions for regency


noun plural -cies

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

C15: from Medieval Latin regentia, from Latin regere to rule


noun the 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
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Word Origin and History for regency

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.

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