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From Middle French regement, régiment, and its source, Late Latin regimentum (direction for government; course of medical treatment), from Latin regō, regere (rule).



regiment (plural regiments)

  1. (military) A unit of armed troops under the command of an officer, and consisting of several smaller units; now specifically, usually composed of two or more battalions. [from 16th c.]
    • 1901, Rudyard Kipling, Kim, III:
      It was an old, withered man, who had served the Government in the days of the Mutiny as a native officer in a newly raised cavalry regiment.
    • 2005, Nicholas Watt & Michael White, The Guardian, 28 April 2005:
      As the prime minister insisted that he had "never told a lie" in his life, the Tory leader attacked him for ordering Scottish troops into battle with no warning that their regiments would be disbanded.
  2. (now rare, archaic) Rule or governance over a person, place etc.; government, authority. [from 14th c.]
    • 1576, Abraham Fleming, translating Cicero, A Panoplie of Epistles, XXXIII:
      What place is there in all the world, not subiect to the regiment and power of this citie?
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.8:
      Then loyall love had royall regiment, / And each unto his lust did make a lawe, / From all forbidden things his liking to withdraw.
    • 1832, John Austin, The Province of Jurisprudence Determined, VI:
      And how is it possible to distinguish precisely […] the powers of ecclesiastical regiment which none but the church should wield from the powers of ecclesiastical regiment (on the jus circa sacra) which secular and profane governments may handle without sin?
  3. (obsolete) The state or office of a ruler; rulership. [14th-17th c.]
  4. (obsolete) Influence or control exercised by someone or something (especially a planet). [14th-17th c.]
  5. (obsolete) A place under a particular rule; a kingdom or domain. [14th-17th c.]
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
  6. (obsolete, medicine) A regimen. [15th-19th c.]



regiment (third-person singular simple present regiments, present participle regimenting, simple past and past participle regimented)

  1. (transitive) To form soldiers into a regiment.
    • J. W. Powell
      The people are organized or regimented into bodies, and special functions are relegated to the several units.
  2. (transitive) To systematize, or put in rigid order.




regiment m (plural regiments)

  1. regiment



Middle Dutch regiment. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.


  • IPA(key): /ˌreː.ʒiˈmɛnt/
  • Hyphenation: re‧gi‧ment
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt


regiment n (plural regimenten, diminutive regimentje n)

  1. regiment (division of an army)
  2. (obsolete) rulership, governance, rule
    • 1628, Philips Marnix van Sint Aldegonde, "Wilhelmus van Nassouwe", (modern, redacted version), couplet 2.
      Maar God zal mij regeren / als een goed instrument, / dat ik zal wederkeren / in mijnen regiment.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)



From German Regiment (regiment), from Medieval Latin regimentum, from Latin regimen (rule, direction), from regō (I rule).


  • IPA(key): [ˈrɛɡimɛnt]
  • Hyphenation: re‧gi‧ment


regiment (plural regimentek)

  1. (archaic) regiment


Inflection (stem in -e-, front unrounded harmony)
singular plural
nominative regiment regimentek
accusative regimentet regimenteket
dative regimentnek regimenteknek
instrumental regimenttel regimentekkel
causal-final regimentért regimentekért
translative regimentté regimentekké
terminative regimentig regimentekig
essive-formal regimentként regimentekként
inessive regimentben regimentekben
superessive regimenten regimenteken
adessive regimentnél regimenteknél
illative regimentbe regimentekbe
sublative regimentre regimentekre
allative regimenthez regimentekhez
elative regimentből regimentekből
delative regimentről regimentekről
ablative regimenttől regimentektől
Possessive forms of regiment
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. regimentem regimentjeim
2nd person sing. regimented regimentjeid
3rd person sing. regimentje regimentjei
1st person plural regimentünk regimentjeink
2nd person plural regimentetek regimentjeitek
3rd person plural regimentjük regimentjeik




regiment n

  1. (military) regiment