• synonyms


  1. of or relating to a king; royal: the regal power.
  2. befitting or resembling a king.
  3. stately; splendid.
Show More

Origin of regal1

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


2. See kingly.


3. base.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for regalness

Contemporary Examples

British Dictionary definitions for regalness


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

Word Origin

C14: from Latin rēgālis from rēx king


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

Word Origin

C16: from French régale; of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for regalness



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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper