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1. Of or relating to a monarch; royal.
2. Belonging to or befitting a monarch: regal attire.
3. Magnificent; splendid.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rēgālis, from rēx, rēg-, king; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

re·gal′i·ty (rĭ-găl′ĭ-tē) n.
re′gal·ly adv.


n, pl -ties
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the state or condition of being royal; kingship or queenship; royalty
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the rights or privileges of royalty
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) history
a. jurisdiction conferred by the sovereign on a powerful subject
b. a territory under such jurisdiction
4. (Historical Terms) history
a. jurisdiction conferred by the sovereign on a powerful subject
b. a territory under such jurisdiction


(rɪˈgæl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. royalty, sovereignty, or kingship.
2. a right or privilege pertaining to a sovereign.
3. a kingdom.
[1375–1425; late Middle English regalite < Middle French < Medieval Latin rēgālitās. See regal, -ity]
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(1) The Muslim law of inheritance, though not meant for regalities, gave preference to sons over grandsons in the matters of inheritance (Khan 2000, 206).
(93) By the eighteenth century, feudal baronies and regalities had lost much of their judicial function but maintained some administrative functions involving pasturage and infrastructure.
Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Taney explained, "[w]hen the people of New Jersey took possession of the reins of government, and took into their own hands the powers of sovereignty, the prerogatives and regalities which before belonged to either the crown or the parliament, became immediately and rightly vested in the state." (87) Thus, according to the Supreme Court, the citizens of New Jersey held in common the navigable waters, submerged lands, and the wildlife lying thereon.
In areas without regalities, sometimes known as the "royalty," the sheriff and baron courts shared the equivalent jurisdiction between them.
The Isle of Man was, after all, not the only Crown possession to have been governed under a feudal grant to an individual with "regalities." Henry IV's expedient had been copied by later monarchs in relation to two of the Norman islands and several possessions in the Americas.
1 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1765-69) at 108, where proprietary governments are described as having been "granted out by the crown to individuals, in the nature of feudatory principalities, with all the inferior regalities, and subordinate powers of legislation, which formerly belonged to the owners of counties-palatine: yet still with these express conditions, that the ends for which the grant was made be substantially pursued, and that nothing be attempted which may derogate from the sovereignty of the mother-country." See also Pen[n] v.