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)
- One who rules in place of the monarch, especially because the monarch is too young, absent, or disabled.
- (Scotland, Canada, US) A member of governing board of a college or university; also a governor of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.
- prince regent
- princess regent
regent (comparative more regent, superlative most regent)
- Ruling; governing; regnant.
- Exercising vicarious authority.
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