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royal mast

or roy·al·mast

noun Nautical.
  1. a mast situated immediately above, and generally formed as a single spar with, a topgallant mast.
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Origin of royal mast

First recorded in 1785–95
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • Above the topmast comes the top-gallant-mast, and above that the royal-mast.

    Harper's Young People, March 22, 1881


  • The royal-mast still towered above, and below, threatened the dark face of Le Gros.

    Ran Away to Sea

    Mayne Reid

  • At that moment we would rather have seen the royal-mast of the Pandora than the largest herd of antelopes in the world.

    Ran Away to Sea

    Mayne Reid

  • The top-mast, topgallant-mast, and royal-mast; any spars above these are termed poles.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth