• WordNet 3.6
    • v regale provide with choice or abundant food or drink "Don't worry about the expensive wine--I'm treating","She treated her houseguests with good food every night"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Regale A prerogative of royalty.
    • n Regale A sumptuous repast; a banquet. "Two baked custards were produced as additions to the regale ."
    • v. t Regale To enertain in a regal or sumptuous manner; to enrtertain with something that delights; to gratify; to refresh; as, to regale the taste, the eye, or the ear.
    • v. i Regale To feast; to fare sumptuously.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • regale To entertain sumptuously or delightfully; feast or divert with that which is highly pleasing; gratify, as the senses: as, to regale the taste, the eye, or the ear.
    • regale To feast; have pleasure or diversion.
    • n regale A choice repast; a regalement, entertainment, or treat; a carouse.
    • n regale A privilege, prerogative, or right of property pertaining to the sovereign of a state by virtue of his office. The regalia are usually reckoned to be six—namely, the power of judicature; of life and death; of war and peace; of masterless goods, as estrays, etc.; of assessments; and of minting of money.
    • n regale In ecclesiastical history, the power of the sovereign in ecclesiastical affairs. In monarchical countries where the papal authority is recognized by the state, the regale is usually defined by a concordat with the papal see; in other monarchical countries it takes the form of the royal supremacy (see supremacy). In medieval times especially the regale involved the right of enjoyment of the revenues of vacant bishoprics, and of presentation to all ecclesiastical benefices or positions above the ordinary parochial cures during the vacancy of a see. These rights were exercised by the Norman and Plantagenet kings of England and by the French kings from the eleventh century onward with constantly widening application and increased insistence till the time of Louis XIV. Opposed to pontificale. See investiture.
    • n regale plural Ensigns of royalty; the apparatus of a coronation, as the crown, scepter, etc. The regalia of England consist of the crown, the scepter with the cross, the verge or rod with the dove, the so-called staff of Edward the Confessor, several swords, the ampulla for the sacred oil, the spurs of chivalry, and several other pieces. These are preserved in the jewel-room in the Tower of London. The regalia of Scotland consist of the crown, the scepter, and the sword of state. They, with several other regal decorations, are exhibited in the crown-room in the castle of Edinburgh.
    • n regale plural The insignia, decorations, or “jewels” of an order, as of the Freemasons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Regale rē-gāl′ to entertain in a sumptuous manner: to refresh: to gratify
    • v.i Regale to feast
    • n Regale a regal or magnificent feast
    • n Regale the power of the sovereign in ecclesiastical affairs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. régaler, Sp. regalar, to regale, to caress, to melt, perhaps fr. L. regalare, to thaw (cff. Gelatin), or cf. Sp. gala, graceful, pleasing address, choicest part of a thing (cf. Gala), or most likely from OF. galer, to rejoice, gale, pleasure
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Neut. pl. of L. regalis, royal.


In literature:

The neighbors heard him when he went off, and, amusements being scarce in that section, they proposed to regale themselves with an inquest.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1. No. 20, August 13, 1870" by Various
But then his hospitalities are quite regal.
"Carmilla" by J. Sheridan LeFanu
All those who were present regaled themselves on them.
"Moorish Literature" by Anonymous
The plenty which regaled Mr. Byron, and which might have supported not only armies, but armies of Patagons, was no longer to be found.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 6" by Samuel Johnson
Whereat I was again regaled with that imcomparable blush.
"The Boss of Little Arcady" by Harry Leon Wilson
Then a man started up at the mare's cry, and seeing Sindbad, bore him to an underground chamber, where he regaled the waif with plenteous food.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol. I" by Various
The feasts which the abbots gave were almost regal.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume V" by John Lord
Indeed, she made a regal appeal to them.
"Hyacinth" by George A. Birmingham
In these national conventions were the regal offices conferred.
"An Essay on the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species, Particularly the African" by Thomas Clarkson
Continuing to spend money with regal lavishness, I myself led a simple and retired life, never leaving my rooms in daylight.
"The Worlds Greatest Books" by Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.

In poetry:

And for days the pale, proud lily
In regal beauty hath shown,
Catching the sun's warm glances
Ere the young roses had blown.
"June Roses" by Sallie Williams Hardcastle
Mightier than the sword art thou,
Lo! on many a regal brow
Furrows which thy point has wrought,
Troubles which thy work has brought.
"The Pen" by Mary Weston Fordham
Yet, welcomer than regal plumes,
Which Western trappers find,
Thy free and pleasant thoughts, chance sown,
Like feathers on the wind.
"On Receiving An Eagle's Quill From Lake Superior" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Then back to southern Europe steer,
Cast anchor on the Spanish coast,
And if you regal pomp revere,
Visit this nation's pride and boast.
"Enigma VIII." by Elizabeth Hitchener
Ruthless it drowns a sturdy star
That seeks its regal way to bar;
Seeming with conscious power to grow,
And sweeter, purer, gladder glow.
"Moon-Lover" by Robert W Service
Then I said, my own heart throbbing
To the time her proud pulse beat,
"Life hath its regal natures yet,—
True, tender, brave, and sweet!
"The Hero" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Jodi Regal hears the news of her election at the Democratic gathering at PCYC.
In the most heavily contested Ottawa County race JoEllen Regal was elected County Commissioner over Republican incumbent Mark Stahl.
Chevrolet built 9,168 Corvettes during the 1958 model year, but only 510 were painted Regal Turquoise, like Akerson's.
The reign of Regal begins.
"It's the end of our childhood," said Rebecca Solem, 18, one of about 50 or so Harry Potter fans lined up outside the Regal Issaquah 9 Theatre on July 14.
Rough and regal at ' Denim and Diamonds'.
LOS ANGELES—Born in Paris in 1995, Assouline Publishing is the purveyor of regal illustrated books dedicated to celebration of well-heeled lifestyles, fashion, photography, art and design.
Regal would not be too strong a word to describe this rider on a roadside trail in Woodside on Saturday, Oct 13, for the annual celebration of the Day of the Horse.
Regal South Beach Stadium 18.
Regal Entertainment Group Larger Than S&P 500 Component Federated Investors.
Vice-regal to catch ride to legislature.
LONDON — Don't worry if your invitation to last year's British royal wedding was somehow lost in the mail: 2012 is an even better time to sate your regal cravings across the pond.
In the US, it's sold as the Buick Regal.
Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music 's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use and a tumultuous personal life, died Saturday.
Last week, I sat in a pizzeria in my tiny hometown, listening to the proprietor regale a small crowd with stories.

In science:

At low enough temperatures, Bose-Einstein condensation of pairs of atoms was observed through the typical bimodal distribution of the molecular profiles (see Fig. 1) (Greiner, Regal and Jin, 2003; Jochim et al. 2003; Zwierlein et al., 2003; Bourdel et al., 2004; Partridge et al., 2005).
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
Condensation of pairs was later measured also on the fermionic side of the resonance (Regal, Greiner and Jin, 2004b; Zwierlein et al., 2004).
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
Experiments on atom losses both in potassium (Regal, Greiner and Jin, 2004a) and in lithium (Bourdel et al., 2004) close to the Feshbach resonance give relaxation rate constants αdd ∝ a−s with values of the exponent s in reasonable agreement with theory.
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
The momentum distribution has been measured along the crossover in a series of studies (Regal et al., 2005; Chen et al., 2006 and Tarruell et al., 2007).
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
The symbols correspond to the experimental results from Regal et al. (2005) and the lines to the mean-field results based on Eq. (80) for the same values of the interaction parameter 1/k0 F a.
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases