[ ri-geyl ]
/ rɪˈgeɪl /

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 forms

re·gale·ment, nounre·gal·er, nounun·re·galed, adjective

Can be confused

regal regale regalia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for regale


/ (rɪˈɡeɪl) /

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 Forms

regalement, 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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