Definition of vicereine in English:



  • 1The wife of a viceroy.

    • ‘The oldest photographic business in the world, it possesses pictures of a succession of kings, queens, viceroys, vicereines, spiritual leaders, business achievers and society ladies.’
    • ‘Besides, one of the ladies-in-waiting just told me that the vicereine doesn't want any soup.’
    • ‘Braden is particularly concerned with the complex relationship between Juana and the vicereines of Mexico: the countesses of Paredes and Galve, and the marquise of Mancera.’
    • ‘He was ‘known for depictions of the wealthy marquesas and vicereines, the sumptuous and secular luxuries that confirm wealth and status upon the sitters.’’
    • ‘He was on personal terms with every viceroy and vicereine and their staffs in the period between the 1890s and 1930s, and was awarded an Indian knighthood in 1929.’
    • ‘Through the vicereine, Sor Juana's works were sent to the Royal Court at Madrid.’
    • ‘Kipling mocked the place, viceroys and vicereines hated it, but here the British rulers of India spent most of their imperial century.’
    • ‘The article contains a short commentary on the relationships Juana had with the two vicereines who were her protectors at different times in her life.’
    • ‘Knowing that the Church is cracking down on its perceived enemies, the vicereine offers Sister Juana her protection.’
    • ‘She has already compiled the research for a book about the spheres of influence of the vicereines of India, most of whom did not have the right to vote, but still wielded considerable political influence.’
    1. 1.1A female viceroy.
      • ‘Another achievement is the important role of women, who have become vicereines, first ministers, national directors, or secretaries.’


Early 19th century: from French, from vice- in place of + reine queen.