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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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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.

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