- the rank, power, or position of a king or queen
- royal persons collectively
- one who belongs to the royal family
- any quality characteristic of a monarch; kingliness or regal dignity
- a percentage of the revenue from the sale of a book, performance of a theatrical work, use of a patented invention or of land, etc, paid to the author, inventor, or proprietor
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- Government[uncountable] royal people thought of as a group.
- Government[uncountable] royal rank, dignity, or power.
- [countable] an agreed portion of the money earned from a piece of writing, music, etc., paid to its author, composer, etc.
- Governmentroyal persons collectively.
- Governmentroyal status, dignity, or power;
sovereignty:to be elevated to royalty.
- Governmenta person of royal lineage;
member of a royal family.
- Governmentroyalties, [Archaic.]prerogatives, rights, or symbolic emblems of a king, queen, or other sovereign.
- Governmenta royal domain;
- Governmentcharacter or quality proper to or befitting a sovereign;
- a compensation or portion of the proceeds paid to the owner of a right, as a patent or oil or mineral right, for the use of it.
- an agreed portion of the income from a work paid to its author, composer, etc., usually a percentage of the retail price of each copy sold.
- a royal right, as over minerals, granted by a sovereign to a person or corporation.
- the payment made for such a right.
- Old French. See royal, -ty2
- Middle English roialte 1350–1400