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regal1

[ree-guh l] /ˈri gəl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a king; royal:
the regal power.
2.
befitting or resembling a king.
3.
stately; splendid.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Latin rēgālis royal
Related forms
regally, adverb
regalness, noun
Synonyms
2. See kingly.
Antonyms
3. base.

regal2

[ree-guh l] /ˈri gəl/
noun
1.
a portable reed organ of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Origin
1540-50; < Middle French regale < ?
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British Dictionary definitions for regal

regal1

/ˈriːɡəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or befitting a king or queen; royal
Derived Forms
regally, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin rēgālis from rēx king

regal2

/ˈriːɡəl/
noun
1.
(sometimes pl) a portable organ equipped only with small reed pipes, popular from the 15th century and recently revived for modern performance
Word Origin
C16: from French régale; of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for 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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Encyclopedia Article for regal

a small, easily portable pipe organ usually having only a single set, or rank, of reed pipes. The beating reeds are surmounted by small resonators, producing a nasal, buzzing tone. Wind under pressure to sound the pipes is supplied by one or two bellows attached to the instrument and operated by the player or an assistant. The so-called bible regal, of the 16th century and later, can be folded up into the shape of a large book when not in use, hence its name. Regals, widely played in Europe during the Renaissance and Baroque eras, gained popularity as both solo and ensemble instruments. A regal is the instrument specified by Claudio Monteverdi to accompany brass instruments in an infernal scene in his music drama Orfeo (1607), and King Henry VIII of England evidently owned 17 regals of various sizes and pitches

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