Definition of regiment in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrejəmənt/
1A permanent unit of an army typically commanded by a colonel and divided into several companies, squadrons, or batteries and often into two battalions: two or three miles inland a highly experienced artillery regiment had established a defensive position
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  • Commander of the regiment Lieutenant Colonel James Cowan said the deaths of the men were a painful blow but that the Black Watch would not be deterred from carrying out their fight against terrorists.
  • By this time, I had become the executive officer of the regiment, a lieutenant colonel and all that.
  • Hoon has signalled that he will not block plans to turn all 19 of the army's oldest free-standing regiments into battalions in regional super-regiments.
1.1An operational unit of artillery.
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  • Included in the tank groups of close infantry support were regiments of self-propelled artillery that were to follow the attacking tanks and support them with the fire from their cannons.
  • To accomplish this, the regiment can operate over a beach or through a port.
  • He visited the Royal College of Defence Studies in England, and in 1964 was commissioned to an artillery regiment as an officer.
1.2A large array or number of people or things: a neat regiment of jars and bottles
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  • Yes, it was easy and unisex, but it was also wet, greasy, required a regiment of malodorous chemicals for upkeep and extensive processing, and looked just plain weird on most.
  • On the rim of one stands a regiment of demons, shoulder to shoulder, constantly using their pitchforks to smack down the sinners who are trying to escape.
  • Over the years our Dales Folk articles have highlighted a veritable regiment of people who, for one reason or another, have played an important part in Craven society.
2 archaic Rule or government over a person, people, or country: the powers of ecclesiastical regiment which none but the Church should wield
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  • Hooker maintains that episcopacy is the norm for ecclesiastical regiment and all must be prepared to accept it and remain obedient to episcopal authority.
  • "Never underestimate that monstrous regiment of women ", I said.
  • Protestant reformer John Knox may be spinning in his grave, having famously hit out at ‘the monstrous regiment of women’.


Pronunciation: /ˈrejəmənt/
[with object] (usually be regimented)
1Organize according to a strict, sometimes oppressive system or pattern: every aspect of their life is strictly regimented
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  • He organized a strictly regimented social order, with engineers and designers at the top and workers at the bottom.
  • Most of the system is regimented, from repetitive drills on communication skills to tutorials on software development.
  • In Richmond, Virginia's Chimborazo Hospital, male administrators used the clock to regiment sleep patterns and meal times.
organize, order, systematize, control, regulate, manage, discipline
2 rare Form (troops) into a regiment or regiments.



Pronunciation: /ˌrejəmənˈtāSH(ə)n/
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  • With the regimentation of western armies from the 16th century onwards, military flags were codified into various types, each with their own special name.
  • The domestic consequence of this foreign policy is the regimentation and militarization of American life and the drift toward authoritarian rule.
  • Luke is placed in an isolated environment with strict rules, guards, and regimentation and his fiercely individualistic spirit immediately clashes.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'rule or government over a person, people, or country'): via Old French from late Latin regimentum 'rule', from regere 'to rule'.

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Syllabification: reg·i·ment

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