verb (used with object), re·galed, re·gal·ing.

to entertain lavishly or agreeably; delight.
to entertain with choice food or drink.

verb (used without object), re·galed, re·gal·ing.

to feast.


a sumptuous feast.
a choice article of food or drink.

Origin of regale

1650–60; < French régaler, derivative of régal(e), Old French rigale, derivative of gale festivity (with prefix of rigoler to amuse oneself), derivative of galer to make merry; see gallant
Related formsre·gale·ment, nounre·gal·er, nounun·re·galed, adjective
Can be confusedregal regale regalia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for regale

Contemporary Examples of regale

  • Anyway I sat down with Bruce and encouraged him to regale me with a few New Hampshire-in-the-old days stories.

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    Jack Germond and the Old Days

    Michael Tomasky

    August 14, 2013

  • When Emmett King came home at night, he liked to regale the family with tales of small-town criminality— Mayberry R.F.D. stuff.

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    The New King of Congress

    Bryan Curtis

    November 28, 2010

  • All this law has provided ample fodder for late-night comedians, who regale us with the latest legal idiocy.

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    So Many Laws, So Little Time

    Philip K. Howard

    February 17, 2009

Historical Examples of regale

  • Because I was beast enough to regale her with a lecture, and that, too, about a mummy.

  • And when our ears it does regale We find a sting is in its tale.

    A Phenomenal Fauna

    Carolyn Wells

  • He has no points, he has no head or tail, But many a jovial party he'll regale.

    A Phenomenal Fauna

    Carolyn Wells

  • He should have no good story wherewith to regale his friends.

    Hopes and Fears

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • He is present, prepared to regale them with what he calls his sonnet.

    Classic French Course in English

    William Cleaver Wilkinson

British Dictionary definitions for regale


verb (tr usually foll by with)

to give delight or amusement tohe regaled them with stories of his youth
to provide with choice or abundant food or drink


  1. a feast
  2. a delicacy of food or drink
Derived Formsregalement, noun

Word Origin for regale

C17: from French régaler, from gale pleasure; related to Middle Dutch wale riches; see also gala
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Word Origin and History for regale

"entertain splendidly," 1650s, from French régaler "to entertain or feast," from Old French regale, rigale, from gale "merriment," from galer "make merry" (see gallant (adj.)). Influenced in Old French by se rigoler "amuse oneself, rejoice," of unknown origin. Italian regalo is from French. Related: Regaled; regaling.

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