One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, resembling, or fit for a monarch, especially in being magnificent or dignified.‘her regal bearing’
majestic, fit for a king, fit for a prince, fit for a princess, fit for a queen, grand, impressive, imposing, splendid, superb, magnificent, noble, proud, stately, dignified, exalted, glorious, striking, spectacular, awe-inspiring, breathtaking, sumptuous, opulent, fine, luxurious, deluxe, lavish, resplendent, monumental, palatial, august, distinguished, greatroyal, kingly, queenly, princely, sovereign, crownedView synonyms
- ‘She showed how to be regal without being remote, dignified without being distant and she had the loveliest smile in the world.’
- ‘The gaffe was made at the annual dinner of the Perth Bar Association, in the regal splendour of the city's George Hotel.’
- ‘And when she talks about growing up, it is of the runny-nosed wild child who was so different from her demure and rather regal mother.’
- ‘At the wedding of the Prince of Wales he looked more regal than the royals.’
- ‘I don't recognize the logo on the steering wheel, but it looks somewhat regal.’
- ‘But he more than comes into his own as he sheds the regal bearing and steps into the shoes of the soldier Fluellen.’
- ‘The banquet hall was bright and cheerful, full of nobles and lords looking dignified and regal.’
- ‘The show has been designed in such a way as to take audience down the memory lane to a time when the Kilimanoor Palace was at its splendid and regal best.’
- ‘The king was intelligent and punctilious in his performance of his official duties and had a regal bearing that commanded immediate respect.’
- ‘He carried himself with the regal bearing of someone accustomed to wealth and power.’
- ‘She had a strong regal bearing and her kneeling on the floor seemed as improper as a priest swearing.’
- ‘He held himself with a regal bearing, and strode forth without hesitation.’
- ‘The door opened as we approached, revealing a tall, regal woman with silver hair and serene gray eyes.’
- ‘But now commoners who want to marry amid regal surroundings are being invited across the threshold of the Deeside estate.’
- ‘Inside the audience chamber the sovereign was a picture of regal splendor.’
- ‘Natalia Magnicaballi has the regal bearing of a queen, the spirit of a gypsy, and the soul of a sylph.’
- ‘Considered a symbol of regal authority, the dragon was also thought to dispel evil spirits.’
- ‘She had smiled, and it was nice and informal, but actually there is something slightly regal about her.’
- ‘In both companies she was renowned for her regal bearing and virtuosity.’
- ‘She looks very regal and serene when she arrives; her back has now clicked into place.’
A small portable reed organ of the 16th and 17th centuries, with a pair of horizontal bellows on top.
- ‘Small portable organs consisting entirely of regals were widely used in the 16th and 17th centuries.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin regalis, from rex, reg- ‘king’.
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