- a mast situated immediately above, and generally formed as a single spar with, a topgallant mast.
Origin of royal mast
First recorded in 1785–95
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Examples from the Web for royal mast
Above the topmast comes the top-gallant-mast, and above that the royal-mast.
The royal-mast still towered above, and below, threatened the dark face of Le Gros.
At that moment we would rather have seen the royal-mast of the Pandora than the largest herd of antelopes in the world.
The top-mast, topgallant-mast, and royal-mast; any spars above these are termed poles.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth