The Regents of the University of the State of New York
Regent Re"gent, n. [F. r['e]gent. See {Regent}, a.] 1. One who rules or reigns; a governor; a ruler. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Especially, one invested with vicarious authority; one who governs a kingdom in the minority, absence, or disability of the sovereign. [1913 Webster]

3. One of a governing board; a trustee or overseer; a superintendent; a curator; as, the regents of the Smithsonian Institution. [1913 Webster]

4. (Eng.Univ.) A resident master of arts of less than five years' standing, or a doctor of less than twwo. They were formerly privileged to lecture in the schools. [1913 Webster]

{Regent bird} (Zo["o]l.), a beautiful Australian bower bird ({Sericulus melinus}). The male has the head, neck, and large patches on the wings, bright golden yellow, and the rest of the plumage deep velvety black; -- so called in honor of the Prince of Wales (afterward George IV.), who was Prince Regent in the reign of George III.

{The Regents of the University of the State of New York}, the members of a corporate body called the University of New York. They have a certain supervisory power over the incorporated institution for Academic and higher education in the State. [1913 Webster]


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