Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to a monarch; royal.
  • adjective Belonging to or befitting a monarch.
  • adjective Magnificent; splendid.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun An old instrument of percussion, composed of sonorous slabs or slips of wood.
  • Pertaining to a king; kingly; royal: as, a regal title; regal authority; regal pomp.
  • Synonyms Kingly, etc. See royal.
  • Royalty; royal authority.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rēgālis, from rēx, rēg-, king; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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  • Lager in reverse.

    July 22, 2007

  • 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