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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Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Fran Fine, fashion bombshell and TV rom-com queen, had arrived in the modern day to regale audiences with the tale of the Flashy Girl from Flushing, Queens, who becomes a nanny to a wealthy, if repressed, Manhattan family. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 7 Apr. 2021 Martin wasn’t the only one to regale readers with a woman helping with artillery during the battle. Cassandra Good, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Mar. 2021 Ward, who grew up in Canada, would regale his schoolmates with grand stories of summering with his father in California. cleveland, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 29 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, 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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18 Apr 2021

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“Regale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/regale. Accessed 14 Jun. 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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