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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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  • M. Cartel had entertained them regally; he must suffer them to make some poor return.

    Max Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • When I sought to do the like to Monmouth he was very ready, and received my homage most regally.

    Simon Dale Anthony Hope
  • She walked slowly, regally, across the library and passed between the hangings which curtained her den.

    Seven Miles to Arden Ruth Sawyer
  • 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
  • He watched her closely—how beautiful she looked that day—how regally beautiful!

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • “She looks terrible,” Arden exclaimed, and disregarding the wet fur she began to stroke the regally pointed head.

  • My ideal then, so regally endowed, is the equal of any man—even if he be the "ideal man" of the American Chemical Society.

  • They began the long march to the exit of the club, slowly and regally, though not by choice.

    That Sweet Little Old Lady Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
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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