[ ree-juh n-see ]
/ ˈri dʒən si /

noun, plural re·gen·cies.



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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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for regency (1 of 2)

/ (ˈriːdʒənsɪ) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for regency (2 of 2)

/ (ˈriːdʒənsɪ) /

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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