Meaning of regality in English:


Pronunciation /rɪˈɡalɪti/


mass noun
  • 1The state of being a king or queen.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Rather, the essential dynamic for political and governmental action in both realms continued to be kingship, seeking opportunities for the expression of its regality.’
    • ‘She seems to effortlessly convey regality in her movements and gestures, and her singing is divine.’
    1. 1.1The demeanour or dignity appropriate to a king or queen.
      ‘Enid awaited her guests, radiating regality’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘I remembered Princess Jadzia's cool regality, and how I hadn't been able to guess at the spirit behind it until she showed me.’
      • ‘The fire smouldering behind Ertmanis' eyes when playing the taunted Pishuk is balanced perfectly by the collected regality of Mackenzie King.’
      • ‘The delicate regality of the Three Kings stands out all the more sharply in comparison with the figure of an anonymous assistant on the right third of the panel, who leads three horses out of the building in preparation for the Magi's escape.’
      • ‘Claire, for instance, a splendid-looking albino with long, Afro-frizzy, white-blonde hair, large nose and thin lips, exudes a stunning, Elizabethan regality.’
      • ‘Derek Reid provides the humble foil to Haughey's regality as the mythical farmer Michael and their discussions form an interesting device, allowing recollection, flashback and fast-forward.’
      • ‘Francis arose, the entrance of his sister apparently having no effect on him, much less the same effect she had on Christine who found herself rather dumbfounded in the presence of such regality.’
      • ‘Plain deal for plain people answers every purpose in those circumstances; but is there not just a touch of regality in that external of red velvet?’
      • ‘The cultured, slightly hooked nose she had inherited from her mother should have looked sharp on a thin face like hers, but to me it had always held an air of regality.’
      • ‘Again Alexandria laughed at his young ways, but still was taken aback at the beautiful regality she saw in the golden-haired youth.’
      • ‘Though made of stone, the statue is permeated with an air of regality.’
      • ‘Keith David, an imposing figure, does well by Leontes's rant but not by his regality, racked psyche, or repentance.’
      • ‘With its mixture of antiquity, regality and aloofness, it is both royal and ancient in ways no other Scottish burgh will ever be.’
      • ‘He plays the role with a well placed tragic regality befitting someone who feels he is above everyone, yet below really people, a strange place to be indeed.’
      stateliness, nobleness, nobility, majesty, regalness, regality, royalness, courtliness, augustness, loftiness, exaltedness, lordliness, impressiveness, grandeur, magnificence
  • 2 historical (in Scotland) territorial jurisdiction granted by the king to a powerful subject.

    1. 2.1count noun A territory subject to regality jurisdiction.
      • ‘Though there was an appeal from the barony to the royal sheriff court, this was not true of baronies in the regalities.’
  • 3 archaic count noun A royal privilege.


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