regal

1
[ ree-guhl ]
/ ˈri gəl /

adjective

of or relating to a king; royal: the regal power.
befitting or resembling a king.
stately; splendid.

Nearby words

  1. refute,
  2. reg,
  3. reg.,
  4. reg. prof.,
  5. regain,
  6. regal moth,
  7. regale,
  8. regalia,
  9. regality,
  10. regally

Origin of regal

1
1300–50; Middle English < Latin rēgālis royal

Related formsre·gal·ly, adverbre·gal·ness, noun

Can be confusedregal regale regalia

regal

2
[ ree-guh l ]
/ ˈri gəl /

noun

a portable reed organ of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Origin of regal

2
First recorded in 1540–50, regal is from the Middle French word regale < ?

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British Dictionary definitions for regal

regal

1
/ (ˈriːɡəl) /

adjective

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

Word Origin for regal

C14: from Latin rēgālis from rēx king

noun

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

Word Origin for regal

C16: from French régale; of obscure origin

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Word Origin and History for regal

regal

adj.

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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