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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A regent assumes almost full powers.
▪ Accepted first as regent, he was in 1037 recognised as king, and Emma went into exile.
▪ Most of the regents would not comment on the ruling Monday, saying the report spoke for itself.
▪ Oh, they had a little fun trapping regents going to the bathroom during the lunch break.
▪ One set of regents piles on top of another.
▪ Surprisingly, no one seemed interested in Sir John's meeting with the regent.
▪ The regents were still unwilling to accept verdicts of such dubious historicity.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Regent \Re"gent\, n. [F. r['e]gent. See Regent, a.]

  1. One who rules or reigns; a governor; a ruler.

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

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

  4. (Eng.Univ.) 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.

    Regent bird (Zo["o]l.), a beautiful Australian bower bird ( Sericulus melinus). The male has the head, neck, and large patches on the wings, bright golden yellow, and the rest of the plumage deep velvety black; -- so called in honor of the Prince of Wales (afterward George IV.), who was Prince Regent in the reign of George III.

    The Regents of the University of the State of New York, the members of a corporate body called the University of New York. They have a certain supervisory power over the incorporated institution for Academic and higher education in the State.


Regent \Re"gent\ (r?"jent), a. [L. regens, -entis, p. pr. of regere to rule: cf. F. r['e]gent. See Regiment.]

  1. Ruling; governing; regnant. ``Some other active regent principle . . . which we call the soul.''
    --Sir M. Hale.

  2. Exercising vicarious authority.

    Queen regent. See under Queen, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"one who rules during the minority or absence of a sovereign," c.1400, from the adjective (now archaic, attested in English late 14c.), from Old French regent and directly from Medieval Latin regentem (nominative regens), from Latin regens "ruler, governor," noun use of present participle of regere "to rule, direct" (see regal). Senses of "university faculty member" is attested from mid-15c., originally Scottish.


a. 1 Ruling; governing; regnant. 2 Exercising vicarious authority. n. 1 (cx now rare English) 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 (cx now chiefly historical English) A member of a municipal or civic body of governors, especially in certain European cities. (from 16th c.) 4 (cx North America English) A member of governing board of a college or university; also a governor of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. (from 18th c.)

  1. adj. acting or functioning as a regent or ruler; "prince-regent" [syn: regent(ip)]

  2. n. members of a governing board [syn: trustee]

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

Regent, ND -- U.S. city in North Dakota
Population (2000): 211
Housing Units (2000): 126
Land area (2000): 0.546876 sq. miles (1.416403 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.546876 sq. miles (1.416403 sq. km)
FIPS code: 66020
Located within: North Dakota (ND), FIPS 38
Location: 46.421937 N, 102.557208 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 58650
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Regent, ND
Regent (insecticide)

Regent is a trademark for a broad spectrum systemic insecticide containing the active ingredient fipronil. Fipronil is an insecticide discovered and developed by Rhône-Poulenc between 1985–87. It was placed on the market in 1993. Regent's rights have been purchased by BASF. It acts by contact and stomach action on the insect. Fipronil is marketed in many developed and developing countries.

Regent has contact activity on both chewing and sucking insects and controls Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, Diptera, Hemiptera, Isoptera, and Thysanoptera. It is registered on rice ( seed treatment), and corn (soil treatment), with potential uses on cotton, sweet potato, bulb onion and potato. It is being studied for use against lygus bug on cotton and thrips in vegetables.

Regent is effective against a variety of pests, but there are increasing concerns about its environmental and human health effects. Its use has become problematic in France, where it has been proven responsible for the drop in bee population, after bees became disoriented and unable to return to their hives.

Maurice Mary, vice-president of the National Union of French Beekeepers (UNAF) was quoted as saying, "It's enough for the insect to alight on the plant to receive a dose of neurotoxicity. All the auxiliary fauna is decimated."

Fipronil is/was also employed under tradenames, for other purposes, for example, cockroach and ant control under the trade names Goliath and Nexa, Chipco Choice for golf courses and commercial turf, and Termidor for termite pests. It is also a component of the trademark insecticide Frontline or Top Spot, which is used for flea, tick, and mite control.

Regent (disambiguation)

A regent is someone appointed to administer a state in the absence, incapacity or minority of the monarch.

Regent may also refer to:

Regent (grape)

Regent is a dark-skinned inter-specific hybrid grape variety, used for making wine. It has both European ( Vitis vinifera) and American vine species in its pedigree and a broad resistance against the most significant fungal diseases which affect grapes, such as downy mildew.


A regent (from the Latin regens, "[one] ruling") is "a person appointed to administer a state because the monarch is a minor, is absent or is incapacitated." 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. If the regent is holding his position due to his position in the line of succession, the compound term prince regent is often used; if the regent of a minor is his mother, she is often 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.

Regent (German brand)

Regent is a German high-end fashion manufacturer founded in 1946. It specializes in the sale of hand-made men's suits.

Usage examples of "regent".

The two regents appeared before Charles VIII, one at Turin, one at Casale, each at the head of a numerous and brilliant court, and both glittering with jewels and precious stones.

Cassan is far away, and I shall need to rely on my loyal Duke of Cassan to uphold my law-as I know his regents shall do, during his minority.

Regent for the infant Queen Bobri, Erwin had guided Naetai safely through the Coper Rebellion.

Regent of Defalk, Protector of the Heir, not to mention being Lady of Loiseau, and she had to worry about firewood.

In Nordwei, the Council of Wei has met to discuss the Regent, and, should she prove successful in strengthening Defalk, will seek her destruction.

Exchange be willing to grant such credit to the lords of Defalk for seed grain and planting necessities if the Regent of Defalk reaffirms her commitment to repay the loan.

In a few days after, he espoused the Princess Catharine: he carried his father-in-law to Paris, and put himself in possession of that capital: he obtained from the parliament and the three estates a ratification of the treaty of Troye: he supported the duke of Burgundy in procuring a sentence against the murderers of his father: and he immediately turned his arms with success against the adherents of the dauphin, who, as soon as he heard of the treaty of Troye, took on him the style and authority of regent, and appealed to God and his sword for the maintenance of his title.

Hilil Gamelyn said with a glance over his wine toward the prince on his throne and the regent standing beside him, a ring of gold and onyx and diamonds circling the base of her domed hair.

Dort, der Regent, ernaehrt eine Menge schoener Geister, und braucht sie des Abends, wenn er sich von den Sorgen des Staats durch Schwaenke erholen will, zu seinen lustigen Raeten.

De Graaff had furnished the spacious rooms with the same pewter and Delft porcelain and polished mahogany that adorned the homes of the rich Regents of Amsterdam.

Her husband, Louis Riccoboni, better known as Lelio, was the same who had brought the Italian company to Paris in 1716, and placed it at the service of the regent: he was a man of great merit.

We spent a quarter of the time in the bath, while the Undine delighted Semiramis by caresses which would have delighted the regent of France, if he had ever known of them.

Ladies called out to Jynx, gentlemen saluted her, and the regent himself was seen to pinch her cheek.

Great Confederation, through their real ruler, the Hadji Abdul Salam, Regent for the young Emir after the assassination of the Emir el Hamel el Kebir, impostor and usurper.

The larger families and groups, and the households of minor nobles, were engaged in last-minute problem-solving sessions, among much cursing and the waving of arms, arguing whether to go north to the Keep of the landchief Harl Kinghead, south to Renweth in the mountains, following Alwir and the Council of Regents, or beyond that, over Sarda Pass, to Gettlesand, to risk the threat of the White Raiders in the minor Keeps of the landchief Tomec Tirkenson.