- royal persons collectively.
- royal status, dignity, or power; sovereignty: to be elevated to royalty.
- a person of royal lineage; member of a royal family.
- royalties, Archaic. prerogatives, rights, or symbolic emblems of a king, queen, or other sovereign.
- a royal domain; kingdom; realm.
- character or quality proper to or befitting a sovereign; nobility.
- a compensation or portion of the proceeds paid to the owner of a right, as a patent or oil or mineral right, for the use of it.
- an agreed portion of the income from a work paid to its author, composer, etc., usually a percentage of the retail price of each copy sold.
- a royal right, as over minerals, granted by a sovereign to a person or corporation.
- the payment made for such a right.
Origin of royalty
Examples from the Web for royalty
He is as well-connected with rock stars as he is with royalty.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty
December 10, 2014
The Afghanistan artist who designed the cards receives a royalty on all packages sold.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Angelina Jolie in Your Life
November 29, 2014
From expensive art to rigs, exotic animals to royalty, the requests kept coming.The American Ebola Rescue Plan Hinges on One Company. Meet Phoenix.
November 22, 2014
Saving gorillas with royalty, can Congress toke up and the NSA chief profited even as he had AT&T spy on you.7 Must-Read Stories About A Belgian Prince, Weed in Congress and NSA Profiteering: The Best of The Beast
November 8, 2014
This allows for artist compensation based on revenue rather than royalty, as Spotify does.Taylor Swift Dumps Spotify, Igniting Turf War Between Spotify and Apple
November 4, 2014
There was something that is supposed to be the prerogative of royalty in the lift of it.Her Father's Daughter
She is said to have written some books which brought her fame and royalty.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
That's four million, and I should take a royalty of four shillings on wholesale orders.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
I am obliged to use the most of it on the royalty statements you send me.
Mr. Jameson summoned the representative of royalty and spoke to him in a low tone.
- the rank, power, or position of a king or queen
- royal persons collectively
- 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
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.
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.