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: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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

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 But the diehard foodie, who often would regale friends with new recipes, would also encourage them to join her for workouts. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Kamala Harris knows how to 'throw an elbow': How California politics shaped the 2020 hopeful," 4 July 2019 Parscale regaled the audience with his litany of Trump’s achievements, according to a recording of the speech (provided by Palm Beach Post reporter Christine Stapleton). Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "The Myths of the “Genius” Behind Trump’s Reelection Campaign," 11 Sep. 2019 The pair would regale me with stories about Wyandotte's house bars and Hungarian family dining in Southgate. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "These are 9 definitive Downriver dining destinations," 6 Sep. 2019 Growing up in a middle-class family just outside Philadelphia, she was regaled with stories about her mother’s short, glamorous-sounding stint waitressing in Times Square. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Student Debt Is Transforming the American Family," 2 Sep. 2019 Others regale listeners with stories of legendary catches of up to 1,000 pounds that brought wealth and turned fortunes to the degree that the angler was elected to public office. Denise Hruby, Los Angeles Times, "Craving for caviar is driving the Danube River’s sturgeon to extinction," 22 Aug. 2019 The son of a landscape designer and a landscape installer, Chadwick regales you with the story of some of the 89 Scotch pines, all dug up in far-flung places, trucked to Everett and placed just so for the right Wynn Resorts look. Joshua Miller,, "Encore’s rich flora blooms thanks to one man’s botanic expertise," 18 Aug. 2019 During the television broadcast of Saturday’s game, McVay regaled viewers with his analysis from the sideline. Los Angeles Times, "Rams: Micah Kiser’s injury could mean more snaps for Bryce Hager," 18 Aug. 2019 Newsom regaled the students with the lighthearted story during a tour of Paradise Ridge Elementary School nine months after the Camp fire decimated the town and displaced hundreds of families. Los Angeles Times, "Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first pet? An otter, he tells 2nd-graders in Paradise, Calif.," 21 Aug. 2019 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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The first known use of regale was in 1642

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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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