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[ree-guh l] /ˈri gəl/
of or relating to a king; royal:
the regal power.
befitting or resembling a king.
stately; splendid.
Origin of regal1
1300-50; Middle English < Latin rēgālis royal
Related forms
regally, adverb
regalness, noun
Can be confused
regal, regale, regalia.
2. See kingly.
3. base. Unabridged
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  • This readiness to sacrifice—was it not rather slavish than regally loyal?

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • When I sought to do the like to Monmouth he was very ready, and received my homage most regally.

    Simon Dale

    Anthony Hope
  • These girls are kept by themselves, and are regally fed and tended from birth.

    What Is Man? And Other Stories Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Then pointing to her brother, she regally commanded the Meyers boys.

  • She gave him both hands, regally, and he stooped and kissed them as he might have a queen's.

    The War-Workers E.M. Delafield
  • M. Cartel had entertained them regally; he must suffer them to make some poor return.

    Max Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • At my right was a regally gowned woman whose delicate features were now as hard as agate and whose eyes were avid.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • “She looks terrible,” Arden exclaimed, and disregarding the wet fur she began to stroke the regally pointed head.

British Dictionary definitions for regally


of, relating to, or befitting a king or queen; royal
Derived Forms
regally, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin rēgālis from rēx king


(sometimes pl) a portable organ equipped only with small reed pipes, popular from the 15th century and recently revived for modern performance
Word Origin
C16: from French régale; of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for regally



late 14c., from Old French regal "royal" (12c.) or directly from Latin regalis "royal, kingly; of or belonging to a king, worthy of a king," from rex (genitive regis) "king," from PIE root *reg- "move in a straight line," hence, "direct in a straight line, rule, guide" (cf. Sanskrit raj- "a king, a leader;" Avestan razeyeiti "directs;" Persian rahst "right, correct;" Latin regere "to rule," rex "a king, a leader," rectus "right, correct;" Old Irish ri, Gaelic righ "a king;" Gaulish -rix "a king," in personal names, e.g. Vircingetorix; Gothic reiks "a leader;" Old English rice "kingdom," -ric "king," rice "rich, powerful," riht "correct;" Gothic raihts, Old High German recht, Old Swedish reht, Old Norse rettr "correct"). Related: Regally.

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