maj·​es·​ty | \ ˈma-jə-stē How to pronounce majesty (audio) \
plural majesties

Definition of majesty

1 : sovereign power, authority, or dignity
2 used in addressing or referring to reigning sovereigns and their consortsYour MajestyHer Majesty's Government
3a : royal bearing or aspect : grandeur
b : greatness or splendor of quality or character

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Examples of majesty in a Sentence

the majesty of the mountains even as a child, the princess possessed a certain majesty that would later serve her well
Recent Examples on the Web People criticized Her Majesty for the decision, but William and Harry praised their grandmother for putting her family first. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William and Prince Harry on the Moment They Learned Their Mother Died," 23 Aug. 2017 The path spans purple mountains majesty to the amber waves of grain. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "The total solar eclipse will occur over some of the nation’s more unique landmarks," 17 Aug. 2017 All great works of art and architecture require a little bit of upkeep and maintenance to let their true majesty shine. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Justin Theroux Enjoys a Good Manscaping," 11 Aug. 2017 Her majesty Missy Elliott’s debut album release on July 15, 1997 was another example of a woman breaking up the boy’s club. Lila Murphy, Glamour, "Definitive Proof That 1997 Was the Year of Girl Power in Music," 13 July 2017 In the soft pink dusk, as a perfect full moon rose out of the mountains, even the execrable post war concrete buildings below that so despoil the landscape here and throughout this ravishing island somehow managed to fade before nature’s majesty. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Vogue’s Hamish Bowles on His Molto Alta Weekend in Palermo With Dolce & Gabbana," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of majesty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for majesty

Middle English maieste, from Anglo-French majesté, from Latin majestat-, majestas; akin to Latin major greater

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“Majesty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of majesty

: a great and impressively beautiful quality
used as a title for a king, queen, emperor, or empress used with his, her, your, or their


maj·​es·​ty | \ ˈma-jə-stē How to pronounce majesty (audio) \
plural majesties

Kids Definition of majesty

1 used as a title for a king, queen, emperor, or empress
2 : the quality or state of being impressive and dignified … the great church rose up in all its majesty— Avi, Crispin
3 : royal dignity or authority The king carried himself with majesty.

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