non·​roy·​al | \ ˌnän-ˈrȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce nonroyal (audio) \

Definition of nonroyal

: not of or relating to kingly ancestry : not royal nonroyal lineage nonroyal guests

Examples of nonroyal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And, unlike the goal of simply becoming fabulously wealthy — which one could also accomplish by winning the lottery or marrying a nonroyal oil magnate — princesshood came with a sense of noblesse oblige. Washington Post, "Meghan Markle just flipped the princess fantasy on its big crowned head," 10 Jan. 2020 Some of the criticism of Markle has been racially tinged, which is an obvious difference, but the two women both came from the nonroyal world and have had to adapt to the ways and protocols of the family. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "This Is How Kate Middleton Is Reportedly Trying to Help Meghan Markle Behind the Scenes," 30 Oct. 2019 Fifteen of the nineteen hijackers were Saudis, and Osama bin Laden was a scion of one of the country’s wealthiest nonroyal families. Daniel Benjamin, The New York Review of Books, "Reckless in Riyadh," 30 May 2019 The Saudi court rapidly began an unprecedented effort to centralize power, eliminating numerous government bodies that had been controlled by leading princes and replacing them with committees staffed with nonroyal technocrats loyal to MBS. Daniel Benjamin, The New York Review of Books, "Reckless in Riyadh," 30 May 2019 Days before her death, the New London Theatre was renamed the Gillian Lynne Theatre in her honor, marking the first time a West End theater was named for a nonroyal woman. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Gillian Lynne, choreographer of ‘Cats’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ dies at 92," 3 July 2018 As in the 1957 Marilyn Monroe-Laurence Olivier film, The Prince and the Showgirl, a feeding frenzy surrounds royal-and-nonroyal couplings. Sam Kashner, Vanities, "Meghan Markle, Wild About Harry!," 5 Sep. 2017 On Wednesday, Angola holds its first presidential election in 38 years in which dos Santos is not a candidate, a seminal moment on a continent that has seven of the world’s 10 longest-ruling, nonroyal leaders. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "He outlasted Reagan, Castro and Gorbachev. Now Angola’s 78-year-old leader is stepping down.," 23 Aug. 2017 Squeeze that in between a visit to the Spanish Riding School or the sprawling MuseumsQuartier; the experience is just as compelling, certainly stimulating (thanks to the superb coffee), and the best peek into how the nonroyal Viennese live today. Stephanie Wu, Town & Country, "T&C Travel: What to Do In Vienna, Austria," 30 Mar. 2015

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonroyal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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