- a person appointed to rule a country or province as the deputy of the sovereign: the viceroy of India.
- a brightly marked American butterfly, Limenitis archippus, closely mimicking the monarch butterfly in coloration.
Origin of viceroy
1515–25; < Middle French, equivalent to vice- vice- + roy king < Latin rēgem, accusative of rēx
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Examples from the Web for viceroy
The El Chapo strategy was to take out the Mexican police commanders who protected The Viceroy in Juárez, according to Esparza.U.S. Visas Helped Fuel the Juárez Drug Wars
July 1, 2014
"I don't know," the Viceroy said shortly, working the gag out of his mouth.
The Viceroy turned suddenly, stared at them, fingering his tube.
"It is too late for bargains now," the Viceroy shrugged indifferently.
The Viceroy was stealthily reaching for the sun-tube dangling from his belt.
For all his bulk, the Viceroy wheeled on his flank, raised his weapon.
- a governor of a colony, country, or province who acts for and rules in the name of his sovereign or governmentRelated adjective: viceregal
C16: from French, from vice ³ + roy king, from Latin rex
Word Origin and History for viceroy
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