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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Queen Elizabeth also looked as regal as ever in a double-breasted coat with fuchsia trim and feathery statement hat. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince Harry Attend the Royal Christmas Church Service Together," 25 Dec. 2018 Until then, consider an outing to see The Favourite, set in the early 1700s, which reveals a slightly less decorative—but nonetheless inspiring—side of regal dress. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Most Stylish Movies and TV Shows of 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 And the next morning, tourists will stream through those same regal rooms. Nancy Nathan,, "At Windsor Castle, a look at Harry and Meghan's (relatively) low-key wedding site," 16 Apr. 2018 From the Duchess of Cambridge's all-white Alexander McQueen ensemble to pregnant Pippa Middleton's pale blue shirtdress, the christening has been a delightful display of regal fashion. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Had Her First Royal Glove Moment at Prince Louis's Christening," 9 July 2018 Haddish even got her hands on a replica of Duchess Meghan's wedding gown, debuting the regal look — veil and all — onstage at the awards. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Tiffany Haddish wore Duchess Meghan's wedding dress at the MTV Movie and TV Awards," 18 June 2018 The occasion, which was a first for Meghan Markle, drew tons of premium content of the family, their regal fashion, and most of all, the royal kids. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Copied the Queen's Wave and It Was the Cutest Thing Ever," 14 June 2018 The tonally coordinated hat and clutch finished the look in regal fashion. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Wears an On-Sale Dress to Her First Royal Engagement," 22 May 2018 Consider the four o'clock punch made with black tea or a hot toddy with chivas regal. Scarlett Lindeman, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Bars in Mexico City," 27 Feb. 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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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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