AskDefine | Define regency

Dictionary Definition

regency adj
1 of or relating to a regency
2 of or relating to or characteristic of the style (especially the style of furniture) favored during the Regency (1811-1820)


1 the period of time during which a regent governs
2 the period from 1811-1820 when the Prince of Wales was regent during George III's periods of insanity
3 the office of a regent

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  1. Latin rex/regere, and English abstract-noun suffix -ncy.


  1. A system of government that substitutes for the reign of a king or queen when that king or queen becomes unable to rule.
  2. The time during which a regent is in power.
  3. (Regency) in Great Britain, the time during which George, Prince of Wales, was Regent (1811-1820).

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Extensive Definition

Regency may have several meanings:
  • A regency may be a period of time when a regent reigns, and in a non-ceremonial monarchy holds power, in the name of the current monarch, or in the name of the Crown itself, if the throne is vacant. Specific political eras derived from this usage (and artistic style periods named after these) include:
  • The term, or its equivalent in another language, is also used for certain specific political regimes and institutions:
    • Regentschap (in Dutch) for a colonial autochthonous (usually Malay, often Islamic) polity (e.g. sultanate) involved in indirect rule in the (Dutch) East Indies
    • Régence (in French) is applied to the de facto independent Barbary coast regime (nominally in the Ottoman empire) and subsequent French protectorate over Tunisia
    • Albany Regency refers to the dominant political faction in New York state, U.S., c.1820-1850
  • A regency may also be a geographical area, usually a small city or a subdistrict of a province, that is or has been governed by a regent.
    • For example, the Indonesian term kabupaten, for a sub-provincial political district, is usually translated into English as "regency" (compare above for the colonial era).

Regency as an individual name

regency in Spanish: Regencia
regency in Galician: Rexencia
regency in Portuguese: Regência

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