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Astronomer Royal

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noun

the chief astronomer of England, appointed by the British Crown.
the chief astronomer of Scotland, director of the Royal Edinburgh Observatory.

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Origin of Astronomer Royal

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Astronomer Royal

noun

an honorary title awarded to an eminent British astronomer: until 1972, the Astronomer Royal was also director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory
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