• (British) IPA: /ˈɹiːdʒənt/

regent (plural regents)

  1. (now rare) A ruler. [from 15th c.]
  2. One who rules in place of the monarch, especially because the monarch is too young, absent, or disabled. [from 15th c.]
  3. (now chiefly historical) A member of a municipal or civic body of governors, especially in certain European cities. [from 16th c.]
    • 1999, Philipp Blom, translating Geert Mak, Amsterdam: A Brief Life of the City, Vintage 2001, p. 139:
      This perception, however, does no justice to the regents of the city of Amsterdam.
  4. (Scotland, North America) A member of governing board of a college or university; also a governor of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. [from 18th c.]
  5. (Indonesia) The chief executive of a regency
Translations Adjective


  1. Ruling; governing; regnant.
    • Some other active regent principle […] which we call the soul.
  2. Exercising vicarious authority.

Proper noun
  1. A city in North Dakota.

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