re·​gale | \ ri-ˈgāl How to pronounce regale (audio) \
regaled; regaling

Definition of regale

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to entertain sumptuously : feast with delicacies
2 : to give pleasure or amusement to regaled us with tall tales

intransitive verb

: to feast oneself : feed



Definition of regale (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a sumptuous feast
2 : a choice piece especially of food

Synonyms for regale

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Regale has been an English verb since the early half of the 1600s; it was adapted from French régaler, which has the same meaning as regale. The French verb traces back to Middle French galer, which means "to have a good time," and, ultimately, to gale, meaning "pleasure." (Gala, meaning "a festive celebration," is from the same source.) Regale also has a history as a noun meaning "a sumptuous feast." Early use of the noun appears in a 1670 notice: "My Lord Duke will not be able to get away yet…, all the regales that are intended for him not being yet at an end." (The man referred to is the Duke of Buccleuch, whose regales ended once and for all 15 years later when he was beheaded.)

Examples of regale in a Sentence

Verb regaled his grandchildren with stories of his time in Morocco an inn that nightly regales its guests with five-course meals prepared by a master chef Noun a regale to honor the retiring Supreme Court justice
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Robilant + Voena of London playfully regale us with the vibrant Piglet Goes Shopping (1989). Natasha Gural, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Take your wine haul and relax in the backyard, on a balcony or on the couch, clink your glasses and ask Mom to regale you with stories from her youth. Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 Riding on Bridgerton's successful coattail, a new Shondaland show will regale the origin tale of Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel). Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 16 Apr. 2022 UConn sophomore Paige Bueckers scored 14 but had no magic tricks to change the game or regale her many hometown admirers. Dom Amore,, 3 Apr. 2022 On set, Wayne would slaughter Howard at chess and regale him with stories of John Ford, who told his actors to give the audience only 80 percent of their characters’ emotions: The viewers should do the rest. Kyle Smith, National Review, 22 Feb. 2022 Each Krewe builds a float to represent their specific theme on parade days, and many include a celebrity guest in their celebrations to regale their audience. Leah Silverman, Town & Country, 12 Jan. 2022 During the two-hour adventure, guides regale guests with tales of Catalina’s plant and animal life — more than 60 species of which can only be found on the island. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 My first theory: a former fish whisperer from the Monterey Bay Aquarium who would regale diners with stories about the mating habits of sand dabs. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Recently, one member offered an Anthurium regale for sale. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Oct. 2021 After pre-dinner spirits, regale at Zuma, its on-trend Japanese restaurant with interactive sushi counter and open robata grill. Laura Manske, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 The notion that the adage less is more might somehow apply to Plein seems, rather, unbelievable, but for his Plein Sport Spring collection, his regale was marginally toned down—and this was a good thing. Nick Remsen, Vogue, 17 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of regale


1642, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2


1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for regale


French régaler, from Middle French, from regale, noun


French régal, from Middle French regale, from re- + galer to have a good time — more at gallant entry 1

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re·​gale | \ ri-ˈgāl How to pronounce regale (audio) \
regaled; regaling

Kids Definition of regale

: to give pleasure or amusement to He regaled his guests with stories.

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