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[n. rej-uh-muh nt; v. rej-uh-ment] /n. ˈrɛdʒ ə mənt; v. ˈrɛdʒ əˌmɛnt/
Military. a unit of ground forces, consisting of two or more battalions or battle groups, a headquarters unit, and certain supporting units.
Obsolete, government.
verb (used with object)
to manage or treat in a rigid, uniform manner; subject to strict discipline.
to form into a regiment or regiments.
to assign to a regiment or group.
to form into an organized group, usually for the purpose of rigid or complete control.
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin regimentum, equivalent to Latin reg(ere) to rule + -i- -i- + -mentum -ment
Related forms
nonregimented, adjective
overregiment, verb (used with object)
unregimented, adjective
Can be confused
regime, regimen, regiment. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for regiments
  • Years of paired rotation had melded these two regiments into tactical soul mates.
  • Many regiments could not operate without the foreigners.
  • The need for live bodies to fill regiments permeates these images.
  • And courtesies to the regiments, the guidons moving by.
  • We immediately made application to be transferred, so as to get back to our old regiments.
  • Soon after the surrender two regiments of reinforcements arrived, and after a severe fight were compelled to surrender.
  • The regiments lived in clearings hidden beneath the tall forest canopy.
British Dictionary definitions for regiments


noun (ˈrɛdʒɪmənt)
a military formation varying in size from a battalion to a number of battalions
a large number in regular or organized groups: regiments of beer bottles
verb (transitive) (ˈrɛdʒɪˌmɛnt)
to force discipline or order on, esp in a domineering manner
to organize into a regiment or regiments
to form into organized groups
to assign to a regiment
Derived Forms
regimental, adjective
regimentally, adverb
regimentation, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Late Latin regimentum government, from Latin regere to rule
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Word Origin and History for regiments



late 14c., "government, rule, control," from Old French regiment "government, rule" (14c.), from Late Latin regimentum "rule, direction," from Latin regere "to rule" (see regal). Meaning "unit of an army" first recorded 1570s (originally the reference was to permanent organization and discipline), from French. The exact number in the unit varies over time and place.


"to form into a regiment," 1610s, from regiment (n.). General sense of "organize systematically" is from 1690s. Related: Regimented; regimenting.

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