[ri-jahy-nuh, -jee-]
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Origin of regina

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin rēgīna
Related formsre·gi·nal, adjective


[ri-jahy-nuh for 1; ruh-jee-nuh, -jahy- for 2]
  1. a city in and the capital of Saskatchewan, in the S part, in S Canada.
  2. a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “queen.”


[sa-skach-uh-won, -wuh n]
  1. a province in W Canada. 251,700 sq. mi. (651,900 sq. km). Capital: Regina.
  2. a river in SW Canada, flowing E to Lake Winnipeg: formed by the junction of the North Saskatchewan and South Saskatchewan rivers. 1205 miles (1940 km) long. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. queen: now used chiefly in documents, inscriptions, etcCompare Rex


  1. a city in W Canada, capital and largest city of Saskatchewan: founded in 1882 as Pile O'Bones. Pop: 178 225 (2001)


  1. a province of W Canada: consists of part of the Canadian Shield in the north and open prairie in the south; economy based chiefly on agriculture and mineral resources. Capital: Regina. Pop: 995 391 (2004 est). Area: 651 900 sq km (251 700 sq miles)Abbreviation: Sask, SK
  2. a river in W Canada, formed by the confluence of the North and South Saskatchewan Rivers: flows east to Lake Winnipeg. Length: 596 km (370 miles)
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Word Origin and History for regina


fem. proper name, from Latin, literally "queen;" related to rex (genitive regis) "king" (see regal). Cf. Sanskrit rajni "queen," Welsh rhyain "maiden, virgin." The city in Canada was named 1882 by the then-governor general of Canada, Marquess of Lorne, in honor of Queen Victoria.


Canadian province, named for the river running through it, from Cree kis-si-ska-tches-wani-sipi "rapid flowing river."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

regina in Culture


Province in west-central Canada, bordered to the north by the Northwest Territories, to the east by Manitoba, to the south by North Dakota and Montana, and to the west by Alberta. Its capital and largest city is Regina.


Some of the world's largest wheat fields grow on Saskatchewan's vast unbroken prairie.
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