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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New photos from the set of The Crown’s third season have surfaced, with Olivia Colman looking regal as Queen Elizabeth II—decked in a tiara, gown, and all. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "A New Photo from The Crown Season 3 Set Shows Olivia Colman in a Tiara as the Queen," 4 Mar. 2019 Like her sister image in Arezzo, the pregnant Mary is regal, her expression blank and cool, neither frightened nor frightening. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "On the Brink of the Savior’s Arrival," 12 Oct. 2018 Janelle Monáe's Dirty Computer has the range -- and so did her performance at the 2018 BET Awards, which paired two distinct vibes from her latest album for one regal performance. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Janelle Monae Reigned As 'Django Jane' For Her Performance at the BET Awards 2018," 24 June 2018 The drains are the ultimate inspiration for an unexpected regal touch to your bathroom. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Liquid Gold Drains Are The Coolest Home Accessory Out There—No Exaggeration," 28 Jan. 2019 Organic shapes — sometimes resembling glistening fish scales, underground crystals or regal jewels — were the leitmotif on models that looked as if they had been mined from the earth. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Starry Saint Laurent show in Paris sees models walk on water," 25 Sep. 2018 The gorgeous red gown, which managed to be both revealing and regal, was designed by Zuhair Murad Couture, and fit the actress perfectly. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Beckinsale Looks Just Like a Princess in This Zuhair Murad Crimson Gown," 3 Sep. 2018 The long-sleeve, pussybow tie dress was regal and prim and recalled the simple splendor of the Alexander McQueen number the Duchess sported in 2016 for a reception at Buckingham Palace. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Finds a Fun Alternative to Winter Florals," 11 Dec. 2018 Elegant, bespoke beds for the regal pup who deserves a palace—or at least a bed that's even cozier and fancier than your own. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "These Elegant Bespoke Dog Beds Are About To Become Your New Obsession," 31 Oct. 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 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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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