What does regent mean?

Definitions for regent
ˈri dʒəntre·gent

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word regent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. regent, trusteenoun

    members of a governing board

  2. regentadjective

    someone who rules during the absence or incapacity or minority of the country's monarch

  3. regent(ip)adjective

    acting or functioning as a regent or ruler



  1. regentnoun

    One who rules in place of the monarch because the monarch is too young, absent, or disabled.

  2. regentnoun

    A member of governing board.

  3. Regentnoun

    a member of the British Royal Family who rules in a de facto fashion because the official king or queen is unable to do so for whatever reason.

  4. Etymology: From regent, from regens; present participle of rego.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. REGENTadjective

    Etymology: regent, Fr. regens, Lat.

    The operations of human life flow not from the corporeal moles, but from some other active regent principle that resides in the body, or governs it, which we call the soul. Matthew Hale.

    He together calls the regent pow’rs
    Under him regent. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. iii.

  2. Regentnoun

    Now for once beguil’d
    Uriel, though regent of the sun, and held
    The sharpest-sighted spirit of all in heav’n. John Milton.

    Neither of these are any impediment, because the regent thereof is of an infinite immensity. Matthew Hale.

    But let a heifer with gilt horns be led
    To Juno, regent of the marriage bed. Dryden.

    Lord regent, I do greet your excellence
    With letters of commission from the king. William Shakespeare.


  1. Regent

    A regent (from Latin regens: ruling, governing) is a person appointed to govern a state pro tempore (Latin: 'for the time being') because the monarch is a minor, absent, incapacitated or unable to discharge the powers and duties of the monarchy, or the throne is vacant and the new monarch has not yet been determined. One variation is in the Monarchy of Liechtenstein, where a competent monarch may choose to assign regency to their of-age heir, handing over the majority of their responsibilities to prepare the heir for future succession. The rule of a regent or regents is called a regency. A regent or regency council may be formed ad hoc or in accordance with a constitutional rule. Regent is sometimes a formal title granted to a monarch's most trusted advisor or personal assistant. If the regent is holding their position due to their position in the line of succession, the compound term prince regent is often used; if the regent of a minor is their mother, she would be referred to as queen regent. If the formally appointed regent is unavailable or cannot serve on a temporary basis, a regent ad interim may be appointed to fill the gap. In a monarchy, a regent usually governs due to one of these reasons, but may also be elected to rule during the interregnum when the royal line has died out. This was the case in the Kingdom of Finland and the Kingdom of Hungary, where the royal line was considered extinct in the aftermath of World War I. In Iceland, the regent represented the King of Denmark as sovereign of Iceland until the country became a republic in 1944. In the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (1569–1795), kings were elective, which often led to a fairly long interregnum. In the interim, it was the Roman Catholic primate (the archbishop of Gniezno) who served as the regent, termed the interrex (Latin: ruler 'between kings' as in ancient Rome). In the small republic of San Marino, the two Captains Regent, or Capitani Reggenti, are elected semi-annually (they serve a six-month term) as joint heads of state and of government. Famous regency periods include that of the Prince Regent, later George IV of the United Kingdom, giving rise to many terms such as Regency era and Regency architecture. Strictly this period lasted from 1811 to 1820, when his father George III was insane, though when used as a period label it generally covers a wider period. Philippe II, Duke of Orléans was Regent of France from the death of Louis XIV in 1715 until Louis XV came of age in 1723; this is also used as a period label for many aspects of French history, as Régence in French, again tending to cover a rather wider period than the actual regency. For a period of a month and a half, the Second French Empire was a regency. The Emperor departed with his army, giving his political powers to his wife who essentially carried out all his roles and even sent him orders. He would never be able to return to France, and the empire ended as a regency two days after his defeat and imprisonment at the Battle of Sedan. The equivalent Greek term is epitropos (επίτροπος), meaning overseer. As of 2022, Liechtenstein (under Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein) is the only country with an active regency. In 2016, at the age of 96, Prem Tinsulanonda became the oldest regent of any nation, when he became the regent for Rama X of Thailand. Previously this record was held by Prince Regent Luitpold of Bavaria, who was 91 at the end of his regency.


  1. regent

    A regent is a person who is appointed to govern a state temporarily because the reigning monarch is absent, incapacitated, underage, or unable to perform their duties. This person exercises the ruling power in a kingdom during the absence or incapacity of the sovereign.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Regentadjective

    ruling; governing; regnant

  2. Regentadjective

    exercising vicarious authority

  3. Regentadjective

    one who rules or reigns; a governor; a ruler

  4. Regentadjective

    especially, one invested with vicarious authority; one who governs a kingdom in the minority, absence, or disability of the sovereign

  5. Regentadjective

    one of a governing board; a trustee or overseer; a superintendent; a curator; as, the regents of the Smithsonian Institution

  6. Regentadjective

    a resident master of arts of less than five years' standing, or a doctor of less than twwo. They were formerly privileged to lecture in the schools

  7. Etymology: [L. regens, -entis, p. pr. of regere to rule: cf. F. rgent. See Regiment.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Regent

    rē′jent, adj. invested with interim or vicarious sovereign authority.—n. one invested with interim authority: one who rules for the sovereign: a college professor, as formerly in Scotland and elsewhere: a master or doctor who takes part in the regular duties of instruction and government in some universities.—ns. Rē′gent-bird, an Australian bird related to the bower-birds; Rē′gentess; Rē′gentship, office of a regent: deputed authority. [Fr.,—L. regens, -entis, pr.p. of regĕre, to rule.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Regent is ranked #123796 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Regent surname appeared 139 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Regent.

    78.4% or 109 total occurrences were White.
    10.7% or 15 total occurrences were Black.
    6.4% or 9 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of regent in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of regent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of regent in a Sentence

  1. Hughs Wood:

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  2. Trong Young:

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    out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance
    A numinous
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