WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
roy•al•ty /ˈrɔɪəlti/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -ties. 
  1. Government[uncountable] royal people thought of as a group.
  2. Government[uncountable] royal rank, dignity, or power.
  3. [countable] an agreed portion of the money earned from a piece of writing, music, etc., paid to its author, composer, etc.
See -reg-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
roy•al•ty  (roiəl tē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ties. 
  1. Governmentroyal persons collectively.
  2. Governmentroyal status, dignity, or power;
    sovereignty:to be elevated to royalty.
  3. Governmenta person of royal lineage;
    member of a royal family.
  4. Governmentroyalties, [Archaic.]prerogatives, rights, or symbolic emblems of a king, queen, or other sovereign.
  5. Governmenta royal domain;
  6. Governmentcharacter or quality proper to or befitting a sovereign;
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. a royal right, as over minerals, granted by a sovereign to a person or corporation.
  10. the payment made for such a right.
  • Old French. See royal, -ty2
  • Middle English roialte 1350–1400

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

royalty /ˈrɔɪəltɪ/ n ( pl -ties)
  1. the rank, power, or position of a king or queen
  2. royal persons collectively
  3. one who belongs to the royal family
  4. any quality characteristic of a monarch; kingliness or regal dignity
  5. 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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