viceroy

A viceroy is appointed by a king to be in charge of a country or province.

When a country is ruled by a monarch — a king or queen — and controls colonies or provinces, the monarch can’t govern all those remote areas personally. That's where a viceroy comes in. The king or queen appoints a representative to rule over the colony or province. This viceroy is the most powerful person in this region, kind of like a king or president. The difference is that the viceroy has to answer to the monarch, his boss back in the mother country.

Primary Meanings of viceroy

1.
n
governor of a country or province who rules as the representative of his or her king or sovereign
2.
n
showy American butterfly resembling the monarch but smaller
Full Definitions of viceroy
1

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

Synonyms:
vicereine
Types:
exarch
a viceroy who governed a large province in the Roman Empire
Khedive
one of the Turkish viceroys who ruled Egypt between 1867 and 1914
Type of:
governor
the head of a state government
2

n showy American butterfly resembling the monarch but smaller

Synonyms:
Limenitis archippus
Type of:
brush-footed butterfly, four-footed butterfly, nymphalid, nymphalid butterfly
medium to large butterflies found worldwide typically having brightly colored wings and much-reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breast

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