American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to a monarch; royal.
- adj. Belonging to or befitting a monarch: regal attire.
- adj. Magnificent; splendid.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to a king; kingly; royal: as, a regal title; regal authority; regal pomp.
- Synonyms Kingly, etc. See royal.
- Royalty; royal authority.
- n. A small portable organ, much used in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, consisting of one or sometimes two sets of reed-pipes played with keys for the player's right hand, with a small bellows for the left hand. Its compass included only a few tones. In many cases the instrument was made to shut up within covers, like a large book: hence the name Bible-organ. If there was but one pipe to each note, the instrument was called a single regal, if two pipes to each note, a double regal. The invention of the regal is often erroneously ascribed to Roll, an organ-builder of Nuremberg, in 1575; the instrument was common in England in the reign of Henry VIII. It is now obsolete, but the name is still applied in Germany to certain reed-stops of the organ. In England a single instrument was usually called a pair of regals.
- n. An old instrument of percussion, composed of sonorous slabs or slips of wood. It was a sort of harmonica, and was played by striking the slips of wood with a stick armed with a ball or knob.
- adj. Of or having to do with royalty.
- adj. Befitting a king, queen, emperor, or empress.
- n. obsolete, music A small, portable organ played with one hand, the bellows being worked with the other, used in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to a king; kingly; royal.
- n. (Mus.) A small portable organ, played with one hand, the bellows being worked with the other, -- used in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
- adj. belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler
- From Middle English regal, from Old French regal ("regal, royal"), from Latin regalis ("royal, kingly"), from Latin rex ("king"); also regere ("to rule"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rēgālis, from rēx, rēg-, king; see reg- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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