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[ri-geyl] /rɪˈgeɪl/
verb (used with object), regaled, regaling.
to entertain lavishly or agreeably; delight.
to entertain with choice food or drink.
verb (used without object), regaled, regaling.
to feast.
a sumptuous feast.
a choice article of food or drink.
Origin of regale
1650-60; < French régaler, derivative of régal(e), Old French rigale, derivative of gale festivity (with prefix of rigoler to amuse oneself), derivative of galer to make merry; see gallant
Related forms
regalement, noun
regaler, noun
unregaled, adjective
Can be confused
regal, regale, regalia. Unabridged
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  • Because I was beast enough to regale her with a lecture, and that, too, about a mummy.

  • And when our ears it does regale We find a sting is in its tale.

    A Phenomenal Fauna Carolyn Wells
  • He has no points, he has no head or tail, But many a jovial party he'll regale.

    A Phenomenal Fauna Carolyn Wells
  • He should have no good story wherewith to regale his friends.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • He is present, prepared to regale them with what he calls his sonnet.

    Classic French Course in English William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • I suppose you intend to regale the sailors before they leave.

    Ungava R.M. Ballantyne
  • They should ornament the castle walls where you regale the country nobles.

British Dictionary definitions for regale


verb (transitive) usually foll by with
to give delight or amusement to: he regaled them with stories of his youth
to provide with choice or abundant food or drink
  1. a feast
  2. a delicacy of food or drink
Derived Forms
regalement, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French régaler, from gale pleasure; related to Middle Dutch wale riches; see also gala
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Word Origin and History for regale

"entertain splendidly," 1650s, from French régaler "to entertain or feast," from Old French regale, rigale, from gale "merriment," from galer "make merry" (see gallant (adj.)). Influenced in Old French by se rigoler "amuse oneself, rejoice," of unknown origin. Italian regalo is from French. Related: Regaled; regaling.

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