regale

verb
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

regale

noun

Definition of regale (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Verb

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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ward, who grew up in Canada, would regale his schoolmates with grand stories of summering with his father in California. cleveland, "‘A Christmas Story’ actor returns to Cleveland to spread awareness of Alzheimer’s disease," 28 Dec. 2020 Actress and writer Tina Fey stopped by Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show last night to regale her fellow Saturday Night Live alum with tales from a rich person's quarantine. Annie White, Car and Driver, "Tina Fey Bought Her First Car during Lockdown, and It Might Surprise You," 17 Dec. 2020 Here, sailors used to huddle thousands of miles from home and regale each other with yarns about their lives. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, "A Norwegian church in San Pedro honors a saint who brings light to darkness. Fitting in a pandemic," 13 Dec. 2020 The more up-tempo numbers are beloved of political parties at election time, when candidates and activists regale voters with clunky dancing set to trot blasting from campaign lorries. The Economist, "Hot for trot What’s bigger than K-pop?," 5 Nov. 2020 Occasionally, Sid would stop by my desk, pull up a chair and regale me with stories from his career that seemed almost unbelievable. Chip Scoggins, Star Tribune, "What was Sid Hartman like? There's no simple way to answer that question," 18 Oct. 2020 Game of Thrones might be over, but Emilia Clarke is here to regale fans with behind the scenes anecdotes about the HBO show. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Male Game of Thrones Stars Had "Cooling Systems" in Their Outfits," 29 Aug. 2020 Kline's grandfather would often regale him with stories from his work as a captain in the Wisconsin State Patrol, and Kline took a particular interest in policing and the military starting at a young age. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Please take care of each other': Friends, colleagues hope Milwaukee police officer's suicide will give others courage to seek or offer help," 15 Sep. 2020 No word on that for sure, but Hudson did regale the publication with details about making the original, sharing that Hollywood has changed so much since then. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," 28 Aug. 2020 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

Verb

1642, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Noun

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for regale

Verb

French régaler, from Middle French, from regale, noun

Noun

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

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12 Jan 2021

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“Regale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regale. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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regale

verb
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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