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

Definition of royal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of kingly ancestry the royal family
b : of, relating to, or subject to the crown the royal estates
c : being in the crown's service Royal Air Force
2a : suitable for royalty : magnificent
b : requiring no exertion : easy there is no royal road to logic— Justus Buchler
3a : of superior size, magnitude, or quality a patronage of royal dimensions— J. H. Plumb often used as an intensive a royal pain
b : established or chartered by the crown
4 : of, relating to, or being a part (such as a mast, sail, or yard) next above the topgallant



Definition of royal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a person of royal blood
2 : a small sail on the royal mast immediately above the topgallant sail
3 : a stag of 8 years or more having antlers with at least 12 points

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Synonyms for royal

Synonyms: Adjective

kingly, monarchal (or monarchial), monarchical (also monarchic), princely, queenly, regal

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Examples of royal in a Sentence


They received a royal welcome as they stepped off the plane. the school superintendent received a royal welcome


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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Though the one-month-old royal baby stayed home during the event, the Duke and Duchess joined Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 93rd birthday. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Meghan Markle's First Major Post-Baby Outing at Trooping the Colour 2019 Looked Like a Lot of Fun," 8 June 2019 The royal family tweeted — and then quickly deleted — a picture of Elizabeth greeting various leaders during D-Day commemorations, including the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Queen Elizabeth II, master of soft power, celebrates her 93rd birthday with a massive parade," 8 June 2019 By June, the couple was brushing elbows with the royal family at Buckingham Palace — and struggling to find the proper utensils for the fancy meal, according to Us Weekly. Kaitlin Reilly,, "A Timeline Of Bradley Cooper & Irina Shayk’s Low-Key Relationship," 8 June 2019 With ill-fitting tuxes and mean tweets and weird fist bumps, the Trumps, led by our incurious and norm-eviscerating president, gave the royal family a taste of what nonbrainwashed Americans have had to endure since Jan. 20, 2017. Rex Huppke,, "What the (BLEEP) just happened? Rex Huppke's 'Week In Review'," 7 June 2019 Members of the British royal family also took part in the commemoration. Dylan Bouscher, The Mercury News, "Political cartoons: 75th anniversary of D-Day," 6 June 2019 The warm welcome from the royal family and Prime Minister May aside, Mr. Trump's visit hasn't been relished by all. CBS News, "Trump joins world leaders to mark 75th D-Day anniversary — live updates," 5 June 2019 Meghan Markle's last public appearance was on May 8, 2019, two days after the royal baby was born, to introduce Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in an official photo-call. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Might Make Her Next Public Appearance Sooner Than We Thought," 27 May 2019 After moving into their new family home at Frogmore Cottage and welcoming their adorable royal baby Archie Harrison at the beginning of the month, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have a lot to be excited about. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Cottage Smells Heavenly—Here's Why," 23 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As part of his life as working royal, Prince Harry travels...a lot. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Makes This Very Specific Request of Every Hotel He Stays In," 9 June 2019 The trendsetting royal debuted a new accessory during her first public appearance since giving birth. Sarah Midkiff,, "Meghan Markle Just Debuted A Sparkling New Ring With A Deep History," 9 June 2019 Recipients are selected by committees of civil servants from nominations made by the government and the public, with the awards bestowed by the queen and other senior royals during Buckingham Palace ceremonies. NBC News, "Olivia Colman gets royal honor ahead of debut in 'The Crown'," 8 June 2019 And yet the sting is likely to remain for subjects of the American royal. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Who Dared to Lean Over Beyoncé at the Warriors Game?," 6 June 2019 But the presence of glittering royals and heads of state at Portsmouth’s D-Day commemoration on Wednesday turned the event into a far more formal — and occasionally contentious — affair. Time, "Trump and May Can't Escape Shadow of Politics at Portsmouth's D-Day Ceremony," 5 June 2019 Then Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their three children will likely want to meet and greet the newest royal. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "Baby Sussex Is About to Have Some Seriously VIP Visitors," 7 May 2019 And although life as a new dad must be extremely busy for the royal, Harry has kept up with many of his official duties and engagements since the birth of his son. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry "Was Ready" For Fatherhood According to His Close Friend Nacho Figueras," 24 May 2019 Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is the newest royal, and the little one changes the line of succession for the British throne. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "How Royal Baby Archie Changes the Succession of the British Throne," 8 May 2019

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First Known Use of royal


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for royal


Middle English roial, from Anglo-French real, roial, from Latin regalis, from reg-, rex king; akin to Old Irish (genitive rīg) king, Sanskrit rājan, Latin regere to rule — more at right

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English Language Learners Definition of royal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a king or queen
used in names of organizations that are supported by or that serve a king or queen
: suitable for a king or queen : elaborate or impressive



English Language Learners Definition of royal (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : a member of a royal family


roy·​al | \ ˈrȯi-əl How to pronounce royal (audio) \

Kids Definition of royal

1 : of or relating to a king or queen : regal a royal wedding
2 : fit for a king or queen We gave the team a royal welcome.

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royally adverb

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