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[vahys-roi] /ˈvaɪs rɔɪ/
a person appointed to rule a country or province as the deputy of the sovereign:
the viceroy of India.
a brightly marked American butterfly, Limenitis archippus, closely mimicking the monarch butterfly in coloration.
1515-25; < Middle French, equivalent to vice- vice- + roy king < Latin rēgem, accusative of rēx
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viceroyship, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for viceroy-ship


a governor of a colony, country, or province who acts for and rules in the name of his sovereign or government related adjective viceregal
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viceroyship, noun
Word Origin
C16: from French, from vice³ + roy king, from Latin rex
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Word Origin and History for viceroy-ship



person ruling as representative of a sovereign, 1520s, from Middle French vice-roy, from Old French vice- "deputy" (see vice-) + roi "king," from Latin regem (nominative rex); see rex. The species of American butterfly so called from 1881.

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Encyclopedia Article for viceroy-ship


one who rules a country or province as the representative of his sovereign or king and who is empowered to act in the sovereign's name. Viceroy (virrey) was the title given to the principal governors of Spain's American colonies, as well as to the governors of the "kingdoms" (reinos) of peninsular Spain proper (e.g., Aragon, Valencia)

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