[ vahys-roi ]
/ ˈvaɪs rɔɪ /


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

Related forms

vice·roy·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for viceroy


/ (ˈvaɪsrɔɪ) /


a governor of a colony, country, or province who acts for and rules in the name of his sovereign or governmentRelated adjective: viceregal

Derived Forms

viceroyship, noun

Word Origin for viceroy

C16: from French, from vice ³ + roy king, from Latin rex
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