re·gal | \ ˈrē-gəl \

Definition of regal 

1 : of, relating to, or suitable for a king

2 : of notable excellence or magnificence : splendid

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Other words from regal

regality \ri-ˈga-lə-tē \ noun
regally \ˈrē-gə-lē \ adverb

Examples of regal in a Sentence

the actress's regal bearing makes her a perfect choice to play royalty on the screen envisioned a regal wedding with hundreds of guests, a full choir, and a reception at the fanciest hotel in town

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Or of Cordelia, played by Stampley with regal hauteur but little of the love and tenderness Lear’s youngest daughter feels. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This 'King Lear' more humdrum than tragic," 6 July 2018 Getty Images The Duchess of Sussex has been showing off her most regal looks since officially joining the royal family in May, but today, Meghan Markle dressed casually at the Audi Polo Challenge. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Just Wore Pants in Public for the First Time Since the Royal Wedding," 1 July 2018 The regal space, with deep blue tapestries and cream trimmings, seats 1,100 people, has its own box office, and an all-new front-of-the-house audio engineering system. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "This Dearborn high school looks like a castle," 27 June 2018 For one thing, these bikes are not built for my, uh, regal physique. Nestor Ramos,, "Hassled by hound, blasted by leafblower: One man’s sweaty bike share adventure," 22 June 2018 Her final look, all powder blue and gold, gives me regal queen. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 recap: 'American' gurls," 14 June 2018 Getty Images Rose's floor-length, long-sleeved, lace wedding gown is positively regal—which is fitting, given the wedding's location. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Rose Leslie's Wedding Dress Is So Beautiful," 23 June 2018 Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, wore a simple, yet regal Givenchy wedding dress designed by Clare Waight Keller to her royal wedding to Prince Harry at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday. Cady Lang, Time, "Every Detail About Meghan Markle's Givenchy Royal Wedding Dress," 19 May 2018 The other two featured giants, while less overtly regal in their dress and demeanor, command reverence and attention in their own way. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "For Hundreds of Years, Papier-Mâché Has Lent a Surreal Face to Catalan Culture," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of regal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for regal

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin regalis — more at royal

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English Language Learners Definition of regal

: of, relating to, or suitable for a king or queen


re·gal | \ ˈrē-gəl \

Kids Definition of regal

: relating to or suitable for a king or queen : royal

Other words from regal

regally adverb

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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