From Middle English regal, borrowed from Old French regal (“regal, royal”), from Latin rēgālis (“royal, kingly”), from rex (“king”); also regere (“to rule”). Doublet of royal (“belonging to a monarch”) and real (“unit of currency”). Cognate with Spanish real.
regal (comparative more regal, superlative most regal)
- Of or having to do with royalty.
- Befitting a king, queen, emperor, or empress.
Probably from Old French regol (“a gutter, channel”)
regal (plural regals)
- (music) A small, portable organ whose sound is produced by beating reeds without amplifying resonators. Its tone is keen and rich in harmonics. The regal was common in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; today it has been revived for the performance of music from those times.
- An organ stop of the reed family, furnished with a normal beating reed, but whose resonator is a fraction of its natural length. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries these stops took a multitude of forms. Today only one survives that is of universal currency, the so-called Vox Humana.