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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The wife of a viceroy.
  • n. A woman who is the governor of a country, province, or colony, ruling as the representative of a sovereign.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The wife of a viceroy.
  • n. A woman who is a viceroy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. wife of a viceroy
  • n. governor of a country or province who rules as the representative of his or her king or sovereign

Etymologies

French : vice-, vice (from Old French; see vice3) + reine, queen (from Latin rēgīna, feminine of rēx, rēg-, king; see reg- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin (via French) vice: "in place of" and French reine: "queen". (Wiktionary)

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