Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to a monarch; royal.
  • adj. Belonging to or befitting a monarch: regal attire.
  • adj. Magnificent; splendid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or having to do with royalty.
  • adj. Befitting a king, queen, emperor, or empress.
  • n. A small, portable organ played with one hand, the bellows being worked with the other, used in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a king; kingly; royal.
  • n. A small portable organ, played with one hand, the bellows being worked with the other, -- used in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

from The 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.
  • n. An old instrument of percussion, composed of sonorous slabs or slips of wood.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler

Etymologies

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)
From Middle English regal, from Old French regal ("regal, royal"), from Latin regalis ("royal, kingly"), from Latin rex ("king"); also regere ("to rule"). (Wiktionary)

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  • From the book White Oleander by Janet Fitch. pg.356
    "The Crystalline days of March, that rarest of seasons, came like a benediction, regal and scented with cedar and pine."

    November 1, 2010

  • Lager in reverse.

    July 22, 2007