reg·​nal ˈreg-nᵊl How to pronounce regnal (audio)
: of or relating to a king or his reign
specifically : calculated from a monarch's accession to the throne
in his eighth regnal year

Examples of regnal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the fall, King Charles and Queen Camilla memorably penned birthday cards to the oldest man and woman in the U.K., signed with their regnal signatures. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 1 May 2024 Upon Queen Elizabeth's death on September 8, 2022, Charles immediately ascended to the throne, taking on the regnal name of King Charles III. Town & Country, 7 Sep. 2023 Just like King Charles and the British royals, members of the Danish royal family traditionally fête special occasions like birthdays and regnal milestones with balcony appearances and glittering galas. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 8 Aug. 2023 Questions about his regnal name popped up soon after his ascension, with the public wondering whether the new monarch would keep his name or adopt a new one in the tradition of previous royals. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 May 2023 In recent months, it was announced that the Queen wished that when Charles (who has announced his regnal name as King Charles the III) succeeded the throne, his wife, Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall would be called Queen. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 8 Sep. 2022 There were previous reports that the royal had discussed choosing a new regnal name. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 May 2023 What is his regnal name? Emily Burack, Town & Country, 9 Sep. 2022 Benin’s oba, or king, a man of semi-deified status known to history by his regnal name, Oba Ovonramwen. David Frum, The Atlantic, 14 Sep. 2022

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Word History


Medieval Latin regnalis, from Latin regnum reign — more at reign

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of regnal was in 1612

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“Regnal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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