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

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Synonyms for regale

Synonyms: Verb

amuse, disport, divert, entertain, solace

Synonyms: Noun

banquet, dinner, feast, feed, spread

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Regale has been an English verb since at least 1656; it was adapted from French régaler, which has the same meaning as "regale." The French verb goes back to Middle French galer, which means "to have a good time," and to Old French 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." That use dates back to at least 1670, when someone penned the following notice for posterity: "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 lord 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


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


a regale to honor the retiring Supreme Court justice
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

During a recent town-hall meeting at the Mesa headquarters of Geco, a small defense contractor, Ms. McSally regales some 50 workers with an anecdote of her first encounter with Mr. Trump in the Oval Office. WSJ, "Arizona Republicans Brace for a Storm," 10 Aug. 2018 After dinner, Longitude 131 resident astronomer will regale guests with tales of the southerly constellations. Stuart Rigg, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Australia," 5 Oct. 2016 Two charismatic storytellers frame the show and regale guests with tales about their ancestors’ journeys to the islands. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disney’s Hawiian resort Aulani offers a melting pot of dining options," 8 June 2018 The tone evokes a cheeky Oxford professor regaling us over a pint of stout in the pub, and Forsyth revels in his Britishisms as much as any P. G. Wodehouse character. New York Times, "Sloshed, Hammered, Blotto — We’ve Been Doing It for Ages," 30 May 2018 Many of the 600 or so people in attendance had never met Connors, who regaled the crowd with stories from the agency’s early years., "Field is narrowed to three for the 3rd annual Aurora Prize," 15 May 2018 His great-grandmother used to regale him with tales of travellers and their ways. The Economist, "A British traveller’s travelogue," 12 July 2018 NEVER one to stick to a script, Rodrigo Duterte regales audiences with tirades, profanities and anecdotes. The Economist, "The president of the Philippines wants to change the constitution," 28 June 2018 Despite a deluge of press regaling that June 27 opening, diners can’t just show up to buy a $6 robot burger today. Justin Phillips,, "Six things to know about Creator, San Francisco’s new burger robot restaurant," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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, "Philipp Plein Serves Up a Tennis-Themed Sport Collection in Milan," 17 June 2018

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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

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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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