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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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Regimentnoun

    government; mode of ruling; rule; authority; regimen

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

  2. Regimentnoun

    a region or district governed

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

  3. Regimentnoun

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

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

  4. Regimentverb

    to form into a regiment or into regiments

    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. Christopher Marlowe:

    What are kings, when regiment is gone, but perfect shadows in a sunshine day?

  2. 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.

  3. Lesley Gordon:

    Many of the survivors made a point of insisting when anyone in their regiment died they provided a reverent burial.

  4. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.:

    A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter.

  5. Sir William Schwenck Gilbert:

    In enterprise of martial kind, when there was any fighting, he led his regiment from behind -- he found it less exciting.

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