1. The wife of a viceroy.
2. A woman who is the governor of a country, province, or colony, ruling as the representative of a sovereign.
[French, vicereine : vice-, vice- (from Middle French; see VICEROY) + reine, queen (from Middle French, from Old French reïene, from Latin rēgīna, feminine of rēx, rēg-, king; see reg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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