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[ree-guh l] /ˈri gəl/
of or relating to a king; royal:
the regal power.
befitting or resembling a king.
stately; splendid.
Origin of regal1
1300-50; Middle English < Latin rēgālis royal
Related forms
regally, adverb
regalness, noun
Can be confused
regal, regale, regalia.
2. See kingly.
3. base. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for regally


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


(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 regally



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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