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[ roi-uhl ]


  1. of or relating to a king, queen, or other sovereign:

    royal power; a royal palace.

  2. descended from or related to a king or line of kings:

    a royal prince.

  3. noting or having the rank of a king or queen.
  4. established or chartered by or existing under the patronage of a sovereign:

    a royal society.

  5. (initial capital letter) serving or subject to a king, queen, or other sovereign.
  6. proceeding from or performed by a sovereign:

    a royal warrant.

  7. appropriate to or befitting a sovereign; magnificent; stately:

    royal splendor.

    Synonyms: majestic

    Antonyms: servile

  8. (usually initial capital letter) British. in the service of the monarch or of the Commonwealth:

    Royal Marines; Royal Air Force.

  9. fine; excellent:

    in royal spirits.

  10. Informal. extreme or persistent; unmitigated:

    a royal nuisance; a royal pain.


  1. Nautical. a sail set on a royal mast.
  2. Informal. a royal person; member of the royalty.
  3. Usually royals. Chiefly British. a member of England's royal family.
  4. a size of printing paper, 20 × 25 inches (51 × 64 centimeters).
  5. a size of writing paper, 19 × 24 inches (48 × 61 centimeters).
  6. Numismatics. any of various former coins, as the real or ryal.


/ ˈrɔɪəl /


  1. of, relating to, or befitting a king, queen, or other monarch; regal
  2. prenominal; often capital established, chartered by, under the patronage or in the service of royalty

    the Royal Society of St George

  3. being a member of a royal family
  4. above the usual or normal in standing, size, quality, etc
  5. informal.
    unusually good or impressive; first-rate
  6. nautical just above the topgallant (in the phrase royal mast )


  1. informal.
    sometimes capital a member of a royal family
  2. Also calledroyal stag a stag with antlers having 12 or more branches
  3. nautical a sail set next above the topgallant, on a royal mast
  4. a size of printing paper, 20 by 25 inches
  5. Also calledsmall royal a size of writing paper, 19 by 24 inches
  6. 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 )
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Derived Forms

  • ˈroyally, adverb
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Other Words From

  • royal·ly adverb
  • anti·royal adjective
  • non·royal adjective
  • non·royal·ly adverb
  • pre·royal adjective
  • pre·royal·ly adverb
  • pseudo·royal adjective
  • pseudo·royal·ly adverb
  • quasi-royal adjective
  • quasi-royal·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of royal1

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin rēgālis “kingly,” equivalent to rēg- (stem of rēx ) “king” + -ālis adjective suffix; regal 1, -al 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of royal1

C14: from Old French roial , from Latin rēgālis , fit for a king, from rēx king; compare regal 1
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Synonym Study

See kingly.
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Example Sentences

The wealthy might, and often did, choose to leave town much like the royal court.

The royal couple’s Archewell organization has signed a multiyear agreement with the company, with the first series coming next year.

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It won’t be the royal’s last investment, if this story is anything to go by.

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My London Trip That Was Not to Be touched all the bases — royal getaways, tea at Claridge’s, the National Gallery, Scotland Yard and, of course, theater in the West End.

The most recent season also saw the differences between the various royal generations highlighted more clearly.

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He is expected to spend the next few days closeted with lawyers and advisers at his home, Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park.

But Sarah Ferguson still lives in the family home, Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, when she is in the U.K.

The Royal Family has benefited hugely from the American blood in its veins.

Royal Christmases have a rhythm and routine—but this year Will, Kate, and baby George have their own, more relaxed plans.

And in a big departure from established royal protocol, Prince George might even get a—gasp—present to open on Christmas Day.

The experience of the Jesuit fathers at Port Royal is related at length, from their own point of view.

They were never refused, for their recipients looked upon them much in the light of a royal command.

A royal decree (December 31, 1622) orders the Dominicans in the Philippines not to meddle in affairs of government.

In Paris, Joachim soon found that the royal road to success lay in denouncing loudly all superior officers of lack of patriotism.

This led to her painting portraits of various members of the royal family while she was still a pupil of De Zichys.





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