Meaning of regent

re•gent

Pronunciation: (rē'junt), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who exercises the ruling power in a kingdom during the minority, absence, or disability of the sovereign.
  2. a ruler or governor.
  3. a member of the governing board of a state university or a state educational system.
  4. a university officer who exercises general supervision over the conduct and welfare of the students.
  5. (in certain Catholic universities) a member of the religious order who is associated in the administration of a school or college with a layperson who is its dean or director.
—adj.
  1. acting as regent of a country; exercising ruling authority in behalf of a sovereign during his or her minority, absence, or disability (usually used postpositively): a prince regent.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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