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

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Destiny’s beauty is equally as regal as her fashion sense, which ranges from a 70s midi shirt dress to Aaliyah inspired get-ups. Maiya Carmichael, Essence, "Ryan Destiny Has The Chicest Throwback Style," 8 Aug. 2019 Dreads beneath a tasteful hat, nose ring, walking into St. George’s Chapel with the regal beauty of every auntie and sister-cousin in my family — and I was done, y’all. Attica Locke, The Hollywood Reporter, "Meghan Markle, the "Blackening of Windsor" and Why That Matters on Live TV (Guest Column)," 22 May 2018 While the anticipation builds around the release of the live-action film and her role as Nala, Queen Bey has looked regal in custom looks for the last few weeks while promoting the movie. Nandi Howard, Essence, "All The Wardrobe Details From Beyonce's New Video "Spirt"," 17 July 2019 The Count’s wife, Madam Fosco (Sonya Cassidy), slithers about doing her part—a regal woman with a gracious smile and a gaze to shrivel the soul. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘The Woman in White’ Review: A 19th-Century Tale for Our Political Time," 18 Oct. 2018 Dressed in blacks and greys, the group looks incredibly regal, including Queen Beyoncé who stars as the voice of Nala. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Be prepared for the 'Lion King' cast photo," 8 July 2019 Those who believe in the divine right of kings will see a youth with royal blood running through him that is older even than England itself, that can be traced all the way back to the regal Ashanti. Zadie Smith, The New Yorker, "Stormzy at Glastonbury: King Michael Wears His Crown," 2 July 2019 Even though this is the end of the road for Suits, its spirit will live on in Pearson, the spin-off led by Suits alum Gina Torres as regal lawyer Jessica Pearson. Chancellor Agard,, "Goodbye Suits, Hello Pearson," 1 July 2019 Styled by Edward Enninful, the publication’s editor and friend of the couple, the Elbas look regal as ever standing side by side on the cover. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre Share More Wedding Photos In 'British Vogue'," 4 June 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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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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