re·​gal | \ ˈrē-gəl How to pronounce regal (audio) \

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 How to pronounce regality (audio) \ noun
regally \ ˈrē-​gə-​lē How to pronounce regally (audio) \ 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 The target of their ire was the regal figure of Confederate Gen. John Brown Gordon, a former Georgia governor, senator and a white supremacist who is generally regarded as a state leader of the Ku Klux Klan in the years following the Civil War. Chris Joyner, ajc, "As monuments tumble, are we ‘erasing’ history? Historians say no," 12 July 2020 Rikki herself is a joy, her regal face stiff from procedures in a way that matches her ice-queen, deadpan wit. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "What Was the Dive Bar?," 10 July 2020 While their signature feather crown and slender legs give these birds a regal air, the secretary bird is more mobster than monarch. Michael Cross; Story By Tom Page, CNN, "Indigenous trackers are teaching scientists about wildlife," 9 July 2020 An industry rises During the 18th and 19th centuries, growing prosperity in both Europe and the Americas led to a demand for more gloves in the service of everything from horseback riding to regal events. Jennifer Barger, National Geographic, "Gloves, running the ‘gauntlet’ of history," 7 July 2020 This new virus is a regal one in appearance, a king or queen of viruses, complete with a crown of spikes, which is where the coronavirus got its name. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "Dr. Sanjay Gupta: If the United States were my patient," 17 May 2020 Try these new takes on a classic for naturalistas, protective style lovers, and everyone else who likes to feel regal with their mane. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "12 Ways To Update Your Halo Braid For The Holidays," 26 Nov. 2019 Its streets, named after flowers, were lined with white birch — regal, gentle. Naz Riahi, Longreads, "All that Was Innocent and Violent: Girlhood in Post-Revolution Iran," 19 Mar. 2020 To channel that energy Carson chose a regal couture look from one of her favorite designers, Giambattista Valli. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "24 Hours in New York With Sofia Carson," 12 Dec. 2019

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

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21 Jul 2020

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“Regal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of regal

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


re·​gal | \ ˈrē-gəl How to pronounce regal (audio) \

Kids Definition of regal

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

Other Words from regal

regally adverb

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