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regal1

[ree-guh l]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a king; royal: the regal power.
  2. befitting or resembling a king.
  3. stately; splendid.
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Origin of regal1

1300–50; Middle English < Latin rēgālis royal
Related formsre·gal·ly, adverbre·gal·ness, noun
Can be confusedregal regale regalia

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2. See kingly.

Antonyms

3. base.
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  • This readiness to sacrifice—was it not rather slavish than regally loyal?

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • When I sought to do the like to Monmouth he was very ready, and received my homage most regally.

    Simon Dale

    Anthony Hope

  • These girls are kept by themselves, and are regally fed and tended from birth.

    What Is Man? And Other Stories

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Then pointing to her brother, she regally commanded the Meyers boys.

  • She gave him both hands, regally, and he stooped and kissed them as he might have a queen's.

    The War-Workers

    E.M. Delafield


British Dictionary definitions for regally

regal1

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

Word Origin

C14: from Latin rēgālis from rēx king

regal2

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

C16: from French régale; of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for regally

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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