Definition of regality in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /rɪˈɡalɪti/

noun (plural regalities)

[mass noun]
1The state of being a king or queen.
Example sentences
  • Even Elizabeth's image was not so very different from that of her male predecessors and contemporary kings; like them she emphasised her regality, religion and role as carer of her people.
  • Jones became obsessed with regality, parading around Paris in dress uniform, taking audiences with Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, and courting French debutantes.
  • The annotations in his personal psalter suggest that, by the 1540s, he perceived himself as David, and that he read the Psalms as a commentary on his own divine mission and regality.
1.1The demeanour or dignity appropriate to a king or queen: Enid awaited her guests, radiating regality
More example sentences
  • ‘Not many boys your age appreciate the greats of the silver screen,’ the first said with the stiff, formal grace and regality of a queen.
  • We're all agog alright over the prospect of a presidential election later in the year but that's because we need some stateliness, maybe even regality, in our lives.
  • On the other hand, while Mary brought quiet reserve and regality to her role as Princess of Wales, Alexandra's influence was much more ethereal.
2 historical (In Scotland) territorial jurisdiction granted by the king to a powerful subject.
2.1 [count noun] A territory subject to regality jurisdiction.
Example sentences
  • Though there was an appeal from the barony to the royal sheriff court, this was not true of baronies in the regalities.
3 [count noun] archaic A royal privilege.


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French regalite or medieval Latin regalitas, from regalis 'royal' (see regal).

Words that rhyme with regality

banality, duality, fatality, finality, ideality, legality, locality, modality, morality, natality, orality, reality, rurality, tonality, totality, venality, vitality, vocality

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: re¦gal|ity

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.