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regale

verb re·gale \ ri-ˈgāl \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of regale

regaled; regaling
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

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Examples of regale in a Sentence

  1. regaled his grandchildren with stories of his time in Morocco

  2. an inn that nightly regales its guests with five-course meals prepared by a master chef

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Did You Know?

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.)

Origin and Etymology of regale

French régaler, from Middle French, from regale, noun


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regale

noun

Definition of regale

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

Examples of regale in a Sentence

  1. a regale to honor the retiring Supreme Court justice

Origin and Etymology of regale

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



REGALE Defined for Kids

regale

verb re·gale \ ri-ˈgāl \

Definition of regale for Students

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


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