[ ree-juhn ]
/ ˈri dʒən /


Nearby words

  1. regimented,
  2. regin,
  3. regina,
  4. reginald,
  5. regiomontanus,
  6. region of back,
  7. region of chest,
  8. region of face,
  9. region of head,
  10. region of inferior limb

Origin of region

1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French regiun < Latin regiōn- (stem of regiō) direction, line, boundary, equivalent to reg(ere) to rule + -iōn- -ion

Related formsun·der·re·gion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for region


/ (ˈriːdʒən) /


Word Origin for region

C14: from Latin regiō, from regere to govern

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Word Origin and History for region



c.1300, "tract of land of a considerable but indefinite extent," from Anglo-French regioun, Old French region "land, region, province" (12c.), from Latin regionem (nominative regio) "a district, portion of a country, territory, district; a direction, line; boundary line, limit," noun of state from past participle stem of regere "to direct, rule" (see regal). Phrase in the region of "about" (of numbers, etc.) is recorded from 1961.

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Medicine definitions for region


[ rējən ]


An area of the body having natural or arbitrary boundaries.
A portion of the body having a special nervous or vascular supply.
A part of an organ with a special function.

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Idioms and Phrases with region


see in the neighborhood (region) of.

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