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- regall (obsolete)
From Middle English regal, borrowed from Old French regal (“regal, royal”), from Latin rēgālis (“royal, kingly”), from rex (“king”); also regere (“to rule”). Doublet of royal (“belonging to a monarch”) and real (“unit of currency”).
- Of or having to do with royalty.
regal authority; the regal title
- John Milton (1608-1674)
- He made a scorn of his regal oath.
- Befitting a king, queen, emperor, or empress.
2013 August 10, Lexington, “Keeping the mighty honest”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8848:
- The [Washington] Post's proprietor through those turbulent [Watergate] days, Katharine Graham, held a double place in Washington’s hierarchy: at once regal Georgetown hostess and scrappy newshound, ready to hold the establishment to account.
regal (plural regals)
- (obsolete, music) A small, portable organ played with one hand, the bellows being worked with the other, used in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
regal m (plural regals)
Derived from rege (“monarch, king or queen”)
regal m (oblique and nominative feminine singular regale)
- English: regal