[ roi-uh l-tee ]
/ ˈrɔɪ əl ti /

noun, plural roy·al·ties.

Nearby words

  1. royal worcester,
  2. royale,
  3. royalist,
  4. royall,
  5. royally,
  6. royce,
  7. royce, josiah,
  8. royster,
  9. rozener,
  10. rozzer

Origin of royalty

1350–1400; Middle English roialte < Old French. See royal, -ty2

Related formsnon·roy·al·ty, noun, plural non·roy·al·ties.pre·roy·al·ty, noun, plural pre·roy·al·ties. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for royalty


/ (ˈrɔɪəltɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the rank, power, or position of a king or queen
  1. royal persons collectively
  2. one who belongs to the royal family
any quality characteristic of a monarch; kingliness or regal dignity
a percentage of the revenue from the sale of a book, performance of a theatrical work, use of a patented invention or of land, etc, paid to the author, inventor, or proprietor
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Word Origin and History for royalty



c.1400, "office or position of a sovereign," also "magnificence," from or modeled on Old French roialte (12c., Modern French royauté), from Vulgar Latin *regalitatem (nominative *regalitas), from Latin regalis (see royal). Sense of "prerogatives or rights granted by a sovereign to an individual or corporation" is from late 15c. From that evolved more general senses, such as "payment to a landowner for use of a mine" (1839), and ultimately "payment to an author, composer, etc." for sale or use of his or her work (1857). Cf. realty.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for royalty


A payment made for some right or privilege, as when a publisher pays a royalty to an author for the author's granting the publisher the right to sell the author's book.

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