Simple Definition of royalty
: members of a royal family
: an amount of money that is paid to the original creator of a product, book, or piece of music based on how many copies have been sold
: an amount of money that is paid by a mining or oil company to the owner of the land the company is using
Full Definition of royalty
2 : regal character or bearing : nobility
3 a : persons of royal lineage b : a person of royal rank <how to address royalties — George Santayana> c : an elite class
4 : a right of jurisdiction granted to an individual or corporation by a sovereign
5 a : a share of the product or profit reserved by the grantor especially of an oil or mining lease b : a payment to an author or composer for each copy of a work sold or to an inventor for each item sold under a patent
Examples of royalty
It was an honor and a privilege to dine with royalty.
On our wedding day, we were treated like royalty.
Origin of royalty
Middle English roialte, from Anglo-French realté, roialté, from real
First Known Use: 14th century
ROYALTY Defined for Kids
Definition of royalty
1 : the status or power of a king or queen or his or her family
2 : members of the royal family of a king or queen
3 : a share of a product or profit (as of a mine) claimed by the owner for allowing another to use the property
4 : payment made to the owner of a patent or copyright for the use of it
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