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;Related formsvice·roy·ship, noun
< Middle French,
equivalent to vice- vice-
king < Latin rēgem,
accusative of rēx
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"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.
British Dictionary definitions for viceroy
Derived Formsviceroyship, noun
a governor of a colony, country, or province who acts for and rules in the name of his sovereign or governmentRelated adjective: viceregal
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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