What does Regiment mean?

Definitions for Regiment
ˈrɛdʒ ə mənt; -ˌmɛntreg·i·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. regimentverb

    army unit smaller than a division

  2. regimentverb

    subject to rigid discipline, order, and systematization

    "regiment one's children"

  3. regimentverb

    form (military personnel) into a regiment

  4. regimentverb

    assign to a regiment

    "regiment soldiers"


  1. Regimentverb

    To organize and manage in a uniform and rigid manner; to control with a strict discipline.


  1. regimentnoun

    An army unit, larger than a company, but smaller than a division, consisting of at least two battalions, normally commanded by a colonel. Traditionally, multiple regiments are organized into brigades or divisions.

  2. regimentverb

    To form soldiers into a regiment.

  3. regimentverb

    To systematize, or put in rigid order.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. REGIMENTnoun

    Etymology: regement, old Fr.

    We all make complaint of the iniquity of our times, not unjustly, for the days are evil; but compare them with those times wherein there were no civil societies, with those times wherein there was as yet no manner of publick regiment established, and we have surely good cause to think, that God hath blessed us exceedingly. Richard Hooker, b. i. s. 10.

    The corruption of our nature being presupposed, we may not deny, but that the law of nature doth now require of necessity some kind of regiment. Richard Hooker, b. i. s. 10.

    The regiment of the soul over the body, is the regiment of the more active part over the passive. Matthew Hale.

    Th’ adulterous Antony turns you off,
    And gives his potent regiment to a trull. William Shakespeare.

    Higher to the plain we’ll set forth,
    In best appointment, all our regiments. William Shakespeare.

    The elder did whole regiments afford,
    The younger brought his conduct and his sword. Edmund Waller.

    The standing regiments, the fort, the town,
    All but this wicked sister are our own. Edmund Waller.

    Now thy aid
    Eugene, with regiments unequal prest,
    Awaits. Philips.


  1. Regiment

    A regiment is a military unit. Its role and size varies markedly, depending on the country, service and/or a specialisation. In Medieval Europe, the term "regiment" denoted any large body of front-line soldiers, recruited or conscripted in one geographical area, by a leader who was often also the feudal lord in capite of the soldiers. Lesser barons of knightly rank could be expected to muster or hire a company or battalion from their manorial estate. By the end of the 17th century, infantry regiments in most European armies were permanent units, with approximately 800 men and commanded by a colonel.


  1. regiment

    A regiment is a military unit of a particular size that functions as a part of a larger organization such as an army. It usually contains several units or companies and is typically commanded by a colonel. It can also refer to a large group of people acting together or working toward a common goal. In the context of healthcare or medicine, 'regiment' can refer to a systematic plan or course of treatment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Regimentnoun

    government; mode of ruling; rule; authority; regimen

  2. Regimentnoun

    a region or district governed

  3. Regimentnoun

    a body of men, either horse, foot, or artillery, commanded by a colonel, and consisting of a number of companies, usually ten

  4. Regimentverb

    to form into a regiment or into regiments

  5. Etymology: [F. rgiment a regiment of men, OF. also government, L. regimentum government, fr. regere to guide, rule. See Regimen.]


  1. Regiment

    A regiment is a title used by some military units. The size of a regiment varies markedly, depending on the country and the arm of service. Historically, in the 17th and 18th centuries, a full-strength regiment was typically supposed to be a thousand men, and was commanded by a colonel. Today, there is no set size for a unit calling itself a "regiment", which may be: ⁕Less than a battalion-equivalent, e.g. Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment ⁕A battalion-equivalent, e.g. 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment ⁕A number of battalions e.g. Royal Regiment of Scotland, 2nd Infantry Regiment ⁕An entire arm of service; In several commonwealth countries, the entire artillery arm is often titled "regiment", and may then be sub-divided into "field regiments".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Regiment

    rej′i-ment, n. a body of soldiers constituting the largest permanent unit, commanded by a colonel: rule.—v.t. to form into a regiment: to organise.—adj. Regiment′al, relating to a regiment.—n.pl. the uniform of a regiment.—n. Regimentā′tion, classification.—Regimental district, the territory allotted to each regiment for recruiting purposes.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. regiment

    A body of men commanded by a colonel, complete in its own organization, and divided into companies of infantry or troops of cavalry.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. regiment

    In all modern armies, is a colonel’s command, and the largest permanent association of soldiers. Regiments may be combined into brigades, brigades into divisions, and divisions into corps and armies; but these combinations are but temporary, while in the regiment the same officers serve continually, and in command of the same body of men. The strength of a regiment may vary greatly even in the same army, as each may comprise any number of battalions. French and Austrian regiments have ordinarily four to six battalions. Among British infantry the smallest regiments are those numbered from the 26th upwards (except the 60th), which, unless serving in India, have 1000 men each, composing one battalion. Regiments in India have 1200 to a battalion. The largest regiment is the Royal Artillery, comprising 34,713 officers and men. The strength of a regiment, however, is changed from time to time; usually by the addition or withdrawal of private soldiers. In the U. S. service the strength of cavalry regiments is about 1200 men each, artillery about 600, and infantry about 500 each. The regimental system could only exist where standing armies were maintained. Accordingly the Macedonian syntagmata and the Roman cohorts were evidently regiments in a strict sense. During the Middle Ages, feudal organization precluded the system, and its first appearance was in France. Francis I. formed legions of 6000 men each, which were divided into independent companies, the latter being, in fact, battalions, and each legion a regiment. The word regiment began to be applied to bodies of British troops in Elizabeth’s reign; regiments are spoken of at the time of the Armada, 1588, and as composing the force in Ireland, 1598. From that time forward the army and militia of Britain have been organized in regiments.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Regiment' in Nouns Frequency: #2296

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Regiment in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Regiment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Regiment in a Sentence

  1. Paul Tabori, _The Natural Science of Stupidity_. (New York: ChiltonCompany, 1960), p. 104.:

    Modern war has decimated many a country; but it has always spawned millions of bureaucrats. They fatten on shortages and thrive on trouble. Peace can never offer such opportunities for exercising petty tyrannies, using red tape to regiment the individual and making life generally unpleasant.

  2. Dan Quinn:

    He is the best solider I've ever served with, he's the reason why I joined the Special Forces regiment, was to work with soldiers like Charles Martland. ... All he wants to do is continue to serve our country with distinction.

  3. Jamie Wideman:

    Consumers are already using the non-alcoholic Simply brand as part of their mixology regiment, so, bringing that into the ready-to-drink space was a no-brainer.

  4. Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia:

    My brilliant Daddy!…1000000 times kiss your feet and hands and bow to you. Loving you. Your faithful daughter 13-year-old lass, first name Nastasya (Shvybzik), last name A.N.R.P.K.Z.S.G. Patron of the Popskiy, Atamanskiy (Chieftains) Regiment. Artichokes, ‘artechokes’ and ‘elmond’-trees and ‘elmond’-trees. Never grow on the nose never grow on the nose I wish they did I wish they did (thrice and more).

  5. Kacper Rekawek:

    People always assume it (the Azov regiment and Azov movement) is one Death Star, year by year, the connections (between the regiment and the movement) are looser.

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