regent [ree-juh nt] /ˈri dʒənt/ Show IPA
a person who exercises the ruling power in a kingdom during the minority, absence, or disability of the sovereign.
a member of the governing board of a state university or a state educational system.
a university officer who exercises general supervision over the conduct and welfare of the students.
(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.
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.
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin regent- (stem of regēns), present participle of regere to rule