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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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Examples from the web for regaled
  • People queued to have their photographs taken with him and gushed with delight when he regaled them with songs during a boat trip.
  • He attended daily group therapy with older teens, who regaled him with glamorized war stories about drugs he'd never tried.
  • She regaled her musical grandson with stories of her stardom and performed songs at family gatherings.
  • Those bars must be placed high, and the rare minds who manage to vault over them must be regaled with anthems and medallions.
  • They regaled and argued and laughed and cried and laughed again.
  • Jim regaled me with many humorous anecdotes about his father.
  • With the zeal of a missionary, he regaled all who would listen.
  • During that time, she regaled many with tales of her exploits.
  • He regaled us not only with land use history but also all the gossip about all the neighboring farmers.
  • All acts or parts of acts in conflict with this act are hereby regaled.
British Dictionary definitions for regaled


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 regaled



"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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