- of or relating to a king; royal: the regal power.
- befitting or resembling a king.
- stately; splendid.
Origin of regal1
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Examples from the Web for regally
Last year, Lewis turned 50: he celebrated, regally, by having three parties, in New York, Los Angeles, and Ibiza.Norm Lewis, Broadway’s First Black ‘Phantom,’ on Racism, Heroes, and Dream Roles
March 21, 2014
Born at West Point into the American aristocracy—the grandson of a senator—Vidal was regally handsome and dazzlingly gifted.Stephen Schiff: My (Relatively Small) Crime Against Gore Vidal
August 2, 2012
This readiness to sacrifice—was it not rather slavish than regally loyal?A Spirit in Prison
When I sought to do the like to Monmouth he was very ready, and received my homage most regally.Simon Dale
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
- of, relating to, or befitting a king or queen; royal
- (sometimes plural) a portable organ equipped only with small reed pipes, popular from the 15th century and recently revived for modern performance
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.