[ roi-uh l-tee ]
/ ˈrɔɪ əl ti /

noun, plural roy·al·ties.

Words nearby royalty

Origin of royalty

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


non·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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Cultural 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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