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

  • n. A form of government: a fascist regime.
  • n. A government in power; administration: suffered under the new regime.
  • n. A prevailing social system or pattern.
  • n. The period during which a particular administration or system prevails.
  • n. A regulated system, as of diet and exercise; a regimen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Mode of rule or management
  • n. A form of government, or the government in power (as in a socialist regime)
  • n. A period of rule
  • n. A regulated system; a regimen
  • n. A set of characteristics


French régime, from Old French, from Latin regimen, from regere, to rule; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French régime, from Latin regimen ("direction, government"). (Wiktionary)


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