- of or relating to a king, queen, or other sovereign: royal power; a royal palace.
- descended from or related to a king or line of kings: a royal prince.
- noting or having the rank of a king or queen.
- established or chartered by or existing under the patronage of a sovereign: a royal society.
- (initial capital letter) serving or subject to a king, queen, or other sovereign.
- proceeding from or performed by a sovereign: a royal warrant.
- appropriate to or befitting a sovereign; magnificent; stately: royal splendor.
- (usually initial capital letter) British. in the service of the monarch or of the Commonwealth: Royal Marines; Royal Air Force.
- fine; excellent: in royal spirits.
- Informal. extreme or persistent; unmitigated: a royal nuisance; a royal pain.
- Nautical. a sail set on a royal mast.
- Informal. a royal person; member of the royalty.
- Usually royals. Chiefly British. a member of England's royal family.
- a size of printing paper, 20 × 25 inches (51 × 64 cm).
- a size of writing paper, 19 × 24 inches (48 × 61 cm).
- Numismatics. any of various former coins, as the real or ryal.
Origin of royal
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Examples from the Web for royal
He is expected to spend the next few days closeted with lawyers and advisers at his home, Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park.From Playboy Prince to Dirty Old Man?
January 5, 2015
But Sarah Ferguson still lives in the family home, Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, when she is in the U.K.Fergie Dives Into Prince Andrew’s Sex Scandal
January 5, 2015
The Royal Family has benefited hugely from the American blood in its veins.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain
December 31, 2014
Royal Christmases have a rhythm and routine—but this year Will, Kate, and baby George have their own, more relaxed plans.Prince George’s Christmas: Better Than Yours
December 24, 2014
Sarah said that she loves, loves, loves the royal couple and had even gotten up before dawn to watch their 2011 wedding.Synagogue Slay: When Cops Have to Kill
December 10, 2014
That graceful maiden is too lovely for any destiny meaner than a royal marriage.
The morning after his arrival, Artaphernes had a private audience with his royal master.
“Not but what she would have royal example,” muttered Tibble aside.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
But the Holy Laws no longer needed the safe shelter of a royal shrine.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Three weeks later Parliament was dissolved by Royal commission.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
- of, relating to, or befitting a king, queen, or other monarch; regal
- (prenominal; often capital) established, chartered by, under the patronage or in the service of royaltythe Royal Society of St George
- being a member of a royal family
- above the usual or normal in standing, size, quality, etc
- informal unusually good or impressive; first-rate
- nautical just above the topgallant (in the phrase royal mast)
- (sometimes capital) informal a member of a royal family
- Also called: royal stag a stag with antlers having 12 or more branches
- nautical a sail set next above the topgallant, on a royal mast
- a size of printing paper, 20 by 25 inches
- Also called: small royal mainly British a size of writing paper, 19 by 24 inches
- any of various book sizes, esp 6 1/4 by 10 inches (royal octavo), 6 3/4 by 10 1/4 inches (super royal octavo), and (chiefly Brit) 10 by 12 1/2 inches (royal quarto) and 10 1/4 by 13 1/2 inches (super royal quarto)
Word Origin and History for royal
mid-13c., "fit for a king;" late 14c., "pertaining to a king," from Old French roial "royal, regal; splendid, magnificent" (12c., Modern French royal), from Latin regalis "of a king, kingly, royal, regal," from rex (genitive regis) "king" (see rex). Meaning "thorough, total" attested from 1940s; that of "splendid, first-rate" from 1853.
Battle royal (1670s) preserves the French custom of putting the adjective after the noun (cf. attorney general); the sense of the adjective here is "on a grand scale" (cf. pair-royal "three of a kind in cards or dice," c.1600). The Royal Oak was a tree in Boscobel in Shropshire in which Charles II hid himself during flight after the Battle of Worcester in 1651. Sprigs of oak were worn to commemorate his restoration in 1660.
"royal person," c.1400, from royal (adj.). Specifically "member of the royal family" from 1774.