[ ree-juh nt ]
/ ˈri dʒənt /


a person who exercises the ruling power in a kingdom during the minority, absence, or disability of the sovereign.
a ruler or governor.
a member of the governing board of a state university or a state educational system.
a university officer who exercises general supervision over the conduct and welfare of the students.
(in certain Catholic universities) a member of the religious order who is associated in the administration of a school or college with a layperson who is its dean or director.


acting as regent of a country; exercising ruling authority in behalf of a sovereign during his or her minority, absence, or disability (usually used postpositively): a prince regent.

Origin of regent

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin regent- (stem of regēns), present participle of regere to rule

Related forms

re·gent·al, adjectivere·gent·ship, nounsub·re·gent, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for regent


/ (ˈriːdʒənt) /


the ruler or administrator of a country during the minority, absence, or incapacity of its monarch
(formerly) a senior teacher or administrator in any of certain universities
US and Canadian a member of the governing board of certain schools and colleges
rare any person who governs or rules


(usually postpositive) acting or functioning as a regenta queen regent
rare governing, ruling, or controlling

Derived Forms

regental, adjectiveregentship, noun

Word Origin for regent

C14: from Latin regēns ruling, from regere to rule
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