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 consorts Your 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 The king at the Pittsburgh Glass Show was coordinated to star alongside her majesty, and was crowned Croesus. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Making the most of St. Patrick’s Day: Yenke Peddler antiques," 11 Mar. 2021 To plumb the majesty of such a place, to know its secrets, requires more than a hell-bent drive over Newfound Gap. Tracey Minkin, Southern Living, "Plan Your Best Vacation Ever," 9 Mar. 2021 Difficult to reach via days of hiking, pilgrims make the arduous trip each year to experience the majesty of the mountain, which is considered by them to be a holy place. Laura Manske, Forbes, "Feast Your Eyes On 17 Of The World’s Most Spectacularly Colorful Places," 25 Feb. 2021 Eventually, Wilson found the majesty in Black colloquial language, which had the same obstinate sense of dignity as his structures and characters. New York Times, "August Wilson, American Bard," 3 Dec. 2020 This photograph of Western hemlocks and Western red cedars in British Columbia captured the tranquillity and majesty of the old-growth forests that depend on these relationships. New York Times, "Behind the Cover: Tree Communication," 4 Dec. 2020 Taking the recognizable style of the aforementioned posters, Share decided to launch a series called Subpar Parks to highlight the majesty of scenic locations, only to be accompanied by an excerpt from such humorous glass-half-empty takeaways. Sunset Magazine, "The Hilarious Souvenir National Park Posters You Didn’t Know You Needed," 18 Dec. 2020 The majesty and versatility of Globe Life Field in Arlington. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "The greatest show on dirt is coming to Globe Life Field, and the move is vital to the National Finals Rodeo," 2 Dec. 2020 Her majesty’s sniffling service whines more than ever in new episodes covering the period between 1977 and 1990. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "Review: Season 4 of 'The Crown' is a royal pain," 13 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of majesty was in the 14th century

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18 Mar 2021

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“Majesty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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