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    regal?

    Dear Teachers,

    I read this from True Pleasures by Lucinda Holdforth:

    "A regal Algerian in his early thirties is my taxi driver."

    My dictionary says "regal" means "royal". But... a royal member earns living by driving taxi? This doesn't quite make sense to me. So what does regal mean in this context? (By the way, they are in Paris. I don't know if this has anything to do with the conflict between Algerian and French people.)

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    Re: regal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eway View Post
    So what does regal mean in this context? (By the way, they are in Paris. I don't know if this has anything to do with the conflict between Algerian and French people.)
    regal may, in a figurative sense of speaking , also mean very special and suitable for a king or queen

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    Re: regal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eway View Post
    My dictionary says "regal" means "royal". But... a royal member earns his living by driving taxi?
    Say:
    a royal

    or:

    a member of the royal family

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    Re: regal?

    Quote Originally Posted by beascarpetta View Post
    regal may, in a figurative sense of speaking , also mean very special and suitable for a king or queen
    Hi,
    I agree with beascarpetta and as I live in France and have French and Algerian friends, I don't think that it has anything to do with the conflict between Algerians and French (Although that conflict does exist, more or less).


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    Re: regal?

    In this sentence, it has the meaning that he has a very dignified appearance and behaviour, such as you would expect to see in a king.

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    Re: regal?

    "A regal-looking Algerian in his early thirties is my taxi driver."

    "A sloppy-looking Algerian in his early thirties is my taxi driver."

    "A handsome-looking Algerian in his early thirties is my taxi driver."

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