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[ri-geyl] /rɪˈgeɪl/
verb (used with object), regaled, regaling.
to entertain lavishly or agreeably; delight.
to entertain with choice food or drink.
verb (used without object), regaled, regaling.
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 forms
regalement, noun
regaler, noun
unregaled, adjective
Can be confused
regal, regale, regalia. Unabridged
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  • And they hastened to regale the hungry visitors with a repast of fish.

  • Because I was beast enough to regale her with a lecture, and that, too, about a mummy.

  • Haste, then, and hospitably spread the board For her regale, while with my best dispatch I lay my bellows and my tools aside.

  • And when our ears it does regale We find a sting is in its tale.

    A Phenomenal Fauna Carolyn Wells
  • Of course, the boys were tempted to regale themselves more luxuriously, but they incurred a great risk in doing so.

    Phil the Fiddler Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • He has no points, he has no head or tail, But many a jovial party he'll regale.

    A Phenomenal Fauna Carolyn Wells
  • As the crowd withdrew to regale themselves with a largess of leben, the daughter of the satrap appeared.

    A King of Tyre James M. Ludlow
British Dictionary definitions for regale


verb (transitive) usually foll by with
to give delight or amusement to: he 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 Forms
regalement, noun
Word Origin
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 regale

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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