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

1.

Ruling; governing; regnant.

"Some other active regent principle . . . which we call the soul."

Sir M. Hale.

2.

Exercising vicarious authority.

Milton.

Queen regent. See under Queen, n.

 

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

1.

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

Milton.

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 Zool., 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.

 

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