You may have heard it said that the fastest way to a person’s heart is through his stomach. So, if you need to please or impress someone, regale them — that is, treat them to lavish food and drink.

While food is a reliable way to regale someone, regale can also involve providing forms of entertainment such as music or storytelling. Regale is akin to the word gala, meaning “a festive party,” and gallant, which can mean “spirited and adventurous” (though gallant can also mean “noble and brave”). If you regale someone with a gala attended by partygoers who are gallant, in either sense of the word, everyone should have a pretty good time.

Definitions of regale
  1. verb
    occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion
    synonyms: amuse, disport, divert
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    type of:
    provide entertainment for
  2. verb
    provide with choice or abundant food or drink
    synonyms: treat
    provide with a gift or entertainment
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    treat to wine
    alcoholise, alcoholize
    subject to the influence of alcohol
    feast, feed
    type of:
    cater, ply, provide, supply
    give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
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