majesty

noun

maj·​es·​ty ˈma-jə-stē How to pronounce majesty (audio)
plural majesties
1
: sovereign power, authority, or dignity
2
used in addressing or referring to reigning sovereigns and their consorts
Your Majesty
Her Majesty's Government
3
a
: 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
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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Majesty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/majesty. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

majesty

noun
maj·​es·​ty ˈmaj-ə-stē How to pronounce majesty (audio)
plural majesties
1
: royal power, authority, or dignity
2
used as a title for a king, queen, emperor, or empress
Your Majesty
3
a
: royal manner or quality
b
: greatness of quality or character

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