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See synonyms for: regaleregaledregaling on

verb (used with object),re·galed, re·gal·ing.
  1. to entertain lavishly or agreeably; delight.

  2. to entertain with choice food or drink.

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

  1. Rare. a sumptuous feast.

  2. Archaic. a choice article of food or drink.

  1. Archaic. refreshment.

Origin of regale

First recorded in 1650–60; from 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

Other words from regale

  • re·gale·ment, noun
  • re·gal·er, noun
  • un·re·galed, adjective

Words that may be confused with regale Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use regale in a sentence

  • Pettit was doing most of the talking, regaling his two auditors with tales from his abundant store of anecdotes.

    A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson
  • So there they sat, good Moslems all, regaling themselves out of cans marked plainly on their gaudy labels, “Pork and Beans.”

  • And the manufacturer could hardly swallow the sips of cognac with which he was regaling himself.

    The Fourth Estate, vol. 2 | Armando Palacio Valds

British Dictionary definitions for regale


/ (rɪˈɡeɪl) /

verb(tr usually foll by with)
  1. to give delight or amusement to: he regaled them with stories of his youth

  2. to provide with choice or abundant food or drink

  1. archaic

    • a feast

    • a delicacy of food or drink

Origin of regale

C17: from French régaler, from gale pleasure; related to Middle Dutch wale riches; see also gala

Derived forms of regale

  • regalement, noun

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