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majesty

[maj-uh-stee]
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noun, plural maj·es·ties.
  1. regal, lofty, or stately dignity; imposing character; grandeur: majesty of bearing; the majesty of Chartres.
  2. supreme greatness or authority; sovereignty: All paid tribute to the majesty of Rome.
  3. (usually initial capital letter) a title used when speaking of or to a sovereign (usually preceded by his, her, or your): His Majesty's Navy; Will your Majesty hear our petitions?
  4. a royal personage, or royal personages collectively: The royal wedding was attended by the majesties of Europe.
  5. Christ in Majesty, a representation of Christ as ruler of the universe.
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Origin of majesty

1250–1300; Middle English majeste < Middle French < Latin majestāt- (stem of majestās) dignity, grandeur, equivalent to majes- (akin to majus < *mag-yos, neuter comparative of magnus large; cf. major) + -tāt- -ty2
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Historical Examples

  • Their Majesties would notice also that it was in favour of the Marchioness of Morella.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Their Majesties will arrive at Artenberg at seven o'clock, and will partake of dinner.

    The King's Mirror

    Anthony Hope

  • "Their Majesties' carriage will be drawn by four gray horses," said Bederhof.

    The King's Mirror

    Anthony Hope

  • It was answered, more then he could bear, his majesties displeasure.

  • Their Majesties had accepted an invitation to dine at Guildhall on the 9th of November.


British Dictionary definitions for majesties

majesty

noun
  1. great dignity of bearing; loftiness; grandeur
  2. supreme power or authority
  3. an archaic word for royalty
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French, from Latin mājestās; related to Latin major, comparative of magnus great

Majesty

noun plural -ties
  1. (preceded by Your, His, Her, or Their) a title used to address or refer to a sovereign or the wife or widow of a sovereign
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Word Origin and History for majesties

majesty

n.

c.1300, "greatness, glory," from Old French majeste "grandeur, nobility" (12c.), from Latin maiestatem (nominative maiestas) "greatness, dignity, elevation, honor, excellence," from stem of maior (neuter maius), comparative of magnus "great" (see magnate). Earliest English us is with reference to God; as a title, in reference to kings and queens (late 14c.), it is from Romance languages and descends from the Roman Empire.

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