from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person or group selected to govern in place of a monarch or other ruler who is absent, disabled, or still in minority.
- n. The period during which a regent governs.
- n. The office, area of jurisdiction, or government of regents or a regent.
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the style, especially in furniture, prevalent in England during the regency (1811-1820) of George, Prince of Wales (later George IV).
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the style prevalent in France during the regency (1715-1723) of Philippe, Duc d'Orléans (1674-1723).
- adj. Of or relating to a regency: regency policies and appointments that were later rescinded.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A system of government that substitutes for the reign of a king or queen when that king or queen becomes unable to rule.
- n. The time during which a regent is in power.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The office of ruler; rule; authority; government.
- n. Especially, the office, jurisdiction, or dominion of a regent or vicarious ruler, or of a body of regents; deputed or vicarious government.
- n. A body of men intrusted with vicarious government.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Rule; authority; government.
- n. More specifically, the office, government, or jurisdiction of a regent; deputed or vicarious government. See regent, 2.
- n. The district under the jurisdiction of a regent or vicegerent.
- n. The body of men intrusted with vicarious government: as, a regency constituted during a king's minority, insanity, or absence from the kingdom.
- n. The existence of a regent's rule; also, the period during which a regent administers the government.
- n. The office of a university regent, or master regent.
- n. The municipal administration of certain towns in northern Europe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the period of time during which a regent governs
- n. the office of a regent
- n. the period from 1811-1820 when the Prince of Wales was regent during George III's periods of insanity
From Latin rex/regere, and English abstract-noun suffix -ency. (Wiktionary)