Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who rules during the minority, absence, or disability of a monarch.
  • n. One acting as a ruler or governor.
  • n. A member of a board that governs an institution, such as a state university.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who rules in place of the monarch because the monarch is too young, absent, or disabled.
  • n. A member of governing board.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Ruling; governing; regnant.
  • adj. Exercising vicarious authority.
  • n. One who rules or reigns; a governor; a ruler.
  • n. Especially, one invested with vicarious authority; one who governs a kingdom in the minority, absence, or disability of the sovereign.
  • n. One of a governing board; a trustee or overseer; a superintendent; a curator.
  • n. A resident master of arts of less than five years' standing, or a doctor of less than twwo. They were formerly privileged to lecture in the schools.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Ruling; governing.
  • Exercising vicarious authority: as, a prince regent.
  • Taking part in the government of a university.
  • n. A ruler; a governor: in a general sense.
  • n. One who is invested with vicarious authority; one who governs a kingdom in the minority, absence, or disability of the king.
  • n. In the old universities, a master or doctor who takes part in the regular duties of instruction or government.
  • n. In the State of New York, a member of the corporate body known as the University of the State of New York.
  • To teach or superintend as a regent.
  • To direct or control (a person) as a regent.
  • To act as a regent of a university.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. acting or functioning as a regent or ruler
  • n. someone who rules during the absence or incapacity or minority of the country's monarch
  • n. members of a governing board

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin regēns, regent-, ruler, from present participle of regere, to rule; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French regent, from Latin regēns ("ruling, as a noun, a ruler, governor, prince"); present participle of regō ("I govern, I steer"). (Wiktionary)

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