regal

adjective

re·​gal ˈrē-gəl How to pronounce regal (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or suitable for a king
2
: of notable excellence or magnificence : splendid
regality noun
regally 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
Recent Examples on the Web That regal headband, offset by an equally luminous smile. Julia Hobbs, Vogue, 13 Feb. 2024 There’s something powerful about metallics too, when worn properly rich silvers and golds feel regal and stimulating. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 12 Feb. 2024 In addition to hitting South America, the virus has devastated seabird colonies in Europe, followed migratory birds south into Africa and jumped the Atlantic Ocean to infect even the regal California Condor. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 12 Feb. 2024 As for the ceremony, it was dominated by performances from women, including lively showings from Cyrus and SZA that shimmered and slashed, as well as regal turns from Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman that felt rich with gravitas and grace. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 5 Feb. 2024 Mitchell sang while sitting in a regal white-and-gold chair, as did her accompanists. Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork, 5 Feb. 2024 And then the man himself took the stage for the 48th time, offering dozens of regal shout-outs during his monologues throughout the show (Mariah Carey gets a gold star for arriving right before her shout-out and leaving just as quickly after). Jem Aswad, Variety, 4 Feb. 2024 In total, this was a regal look that allowed Lynch to stick out from the other stars that attended this premiere. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 2 Feb. 2024 While Jodhpur’s beautiful, regal architecture is reason enough to visit, there’s more to the city than massive forts and grand palaces. Margot Bigg, Travel + Leisure, 28 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of regal was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Regal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regal. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

regal

adjective
re·​gal ˈrē-gəl How to pronounce regal (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or suitable for a king
2
: of remarkable excellence or magnificence : splendid
regally adverb

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