or ré·gime

[ ruh-zheem, rey-, or, sometimes, -jeem ]
/ rəˈʒim, reɪ-, or, sometimes, -ˈdʒim /


a mode or system of rule or government: a dictatorial regime.
a ruling or prevailing system.
a government in power.
the period during which a particular government or ruling system is in power.
Medicine/Medical. regimen(def 1).

Origin of regime

1770–80; < French régime < Latin regimen regimen
Can be confusedregime regimen regiment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for regimes



/ (reɪˈʒiːm) /


a system of government or a particular administrationa fascist regime; the regime of Fidel Castro
a social system or order
med another word for regimen (def. 1)

Word Origin for regime

C18: from French, from Latin regimen guidance, from regere to rule
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Word Origin and History for regimes



"system of government or rule," 1792, from French régime, from Old French regimen (14c.), from Latin regimen "rule, guidance, government, means of guidance, rudder," from regere (see regal). Earlier "course of diet, exercise," late 15c. In French, l'ancien régime refers to the system of government before the revolution of 1789.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for regimes


[ rā-zhēm, rĭ- ]


A regulated system, as of diet and exercise; a regimen.
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Culture definitions for regimes


[ (ray-zheem, ri-zheem) ]

An administration, or a system of managing government.

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