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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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  • With such pressing business matters on hand, he has no time for regaling you with "linked sweetness long drawn out."

    Our Bird Comrades Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • The world will nestle in regaling plenty and great assurance.

  • The tide was down; and sundry Arabs were regaling their naked feet in the mud, sporting and shouting.

    Elster's Folly Mrs. Henry Wood
  • “It is quite possible that the respectable gentleman may try it,” said the commandant, regaling himself with a pinch.

  • While the little peasants were regaling themselves, Raymond was scouring the whole estate to find his Cupids.

  • While we were regaling ourselves round a large fire, some wild beast gave a roar in the bushes.

    Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora Edward Edwards
  • Indeed they must have had comparatively high wages, to judge by their dress and the money they spent on regaling themselves.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • In June the black-billed makes a tour through the orchard and garden, regaling himself upon the canker-worms.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for regaling


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 regaling



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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