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.’
    • ‘Through the vicereine, Sor Juana's works were sent to the Royal Court at Madrid.’
    • ‘He was ‘known for depictions of the wealthy marquesas and vicereines, the sumptuous and secular luxuries that confirm wealth and status upon the sitters.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Besides, one of the ladies-in-waiting just told me that the vicereine doesn't want any soup.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kipling mocked the place, viceroys and vicereines hated it, but here the British rulers of India spent most of their imperial century.’
    • ‘Knowing that the Church is cracking down on its perceived enemies, the vicereine offers Sister Juana her protection.’
    1. 1.1 A 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’.