Definition: Regent

From New World Encyclopedia


From Middle English regent, from Anglo-Norman regent, Middle French regent, and their source, Latin regēns (“ruling; ruler, governor, prince”), present participle of regō (“I govern, I steer”).


regent (plural regents)

  1. One who rules in place of the monarch, especially because the monarch is too young, absent, or disabled.
  2. (Scotland, Canada, US) A member of governing board of a college or university; also a governor of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.

Derived terms

  • prince regent
  • princess regent

Related terms

  • regimen
  • regiment
  • régime
  • region
  • rector
  • rectum
  • rectangle
  • rectilinear


regent (comparative more regent, superlative most regent)

  1. Ruling; governing; regnant.
  2. Exercising vicarious authority.


New World Encyclopedia writers and editors copied and adjusted this Wiktionary entry in accordance with NWE standards. This article abides by terms of the Creative Commons CC-by-sa 3.0 License (CC-by-sa), which may be used and disseminated with proper attribution. Credit for this article is due to both New World Encyclopedia contributors and the selfless volunteer contributors of the Wikimedia Foundation. To cite this article click here for a list acceptable citing formats.The history of earlier contributions at Wiktionary is accessible to researchers here: