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

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 Her majesty just wrapped up her big Platinum Jubilee weekend, marking 70 years on the throne. John Kelly, Washington Post, 5 June 2022 The captain later named one of his daughters in honor of her majesty, according to Miller. Fox News, 3 June 2022 Her majesty is giving Britain a four-day weekend to celebrate her 70 years on the throne, her Platinum Jubilee. William Booth And Karla Adam,, 1 June 2022 All hail the new monarch of the wishful thinkers, her majesty Kelly Clarkson! Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 4 May 2022 Her bowl of Shredded Wheat comes from a box emblazoned with the natural majesty of Niagara falls. Susan H. Gordon, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Photos don’t do justice to the epic sweep and majesty of Basin and Range National Monument, an undeveloped, natural space twice as large as the city of Los Angeles. Sunset Magazine, 9 May 2022 Steve Sabol and NFL Films gave us the majesty of football. Globe Staff,, 29 Dec. 2021 Except for editor-in-chief Tony Quiroga who, through the sheer majesty of his aura, imparts his voice directly onto the Internet without the intermediary of a computer. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 5 Jul. 2022.

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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: The Cross of Lead
3 : royal dignity or authority The king carried himself with majesty.

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