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 regaled

Contemporary Examples of regaled

Historical Examples of regaled

  • He waved his arms, airing his grievance with which for an hour past he had regaled me.

  • Their nostrils were regaled with the savory fumes of the cooking meat.

    War from the Inside

    Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock

  • Geraldine regaled his spiritual man with the press notices, which were tremendous.

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

  • You surely don't expect to be regaled with incense or attar of roses.

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton

  • We were, however, regaled with a smoke which made us shed tears.

    Perils and Captivity

    Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard

British Dictionary definitions for regaled


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 regaled



"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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