[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. vicenza,
  2. viceregal,
  3. viceregal assent,
  4. viceregally,
  5. vicereine,
  6. viceroyalty,
  7. vichy,
  8. vichy government,
  9. vichy water,
  10. vichyite

Origin of viceroy

1515–25; < Middle French, equivalent to vice- vice- + roy king < Latin rēgem, accusative of rēx

Related formsvice·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 Formsviceroyship, noun

Word Origin for viceroy

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

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Word Origin and History for viceroy



person ruling as representative of a sovereign, 1520s, from Middle French vice-roy, from Old French vice- "deputy" (see vice-) + roi "king," from Latin regem (nominative rex); see rex. The species of American butterfly so called from 1881.

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