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  1. of or relating to a king; royal: the regal power.
  2. befitting or resembling a king.
  3. stately; splendid.
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Origin of regal1

1300–50; Middle English < Latin rēgālis royal
Related formsre·gal·ly, adverbre·gal·ness, noun
Can be confusedregal regale regalia


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2. See kingly.


3. base.


[ree-guh l]
  1. a portable reed organ of the 16th and 17th centuries.
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Origin of regal2

First recorded in 1540–50, regal is from the Middle French word regale < ?
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Historical Examples

  • Would you not like to be buried with regal honour, in your native Clazomenæ?


    Lydia Maria Child

  • The next cast—ah, the pride of it, the regal splendor of it!

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • When the "herb-man" came, she turned him away from the door with a regal courtesy.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • That day she laid aside her regal robes and began her search for Proserpina.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • Of the regal army of three hundred men that hastened to Cattraeth, Alas!

    Y Gododin


British Dictionary definitions for regal


  1. of, relating to, or befitting a king or queen; royal
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Derived Formsregally, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Latin rēgālis from rēx king


  1. (sometimes plural) a portable organ equipped only with small reed pipes, popular from the 15th century and recently revived for modern performance
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Word Origin

C16: from French régale; of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for regal


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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