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royal

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adjective roy·al \ˈrȯi(-ə)l\

Definition of royal

  1. 1a :  of kingly ancestry the royal familyb :  of, relating to, or subject to the crown the royal estatesc :  being in the crown's service Royal Air Force

  2. 2a :  suitable for royalty :  magnificentb :  requiring no exertion :  easy there is no royal road to logic — Justus Buchler

  3. 3a :  of superior size, magnitude, or quality a patronage of royal dimensions — J. H. Plumb —often used as an intensive a royal painb :  established or chartered by the crown

  4. 4 :  of, relating to, or being a part (such as a mast, sail, or yard) next above the topgallant

royally

play \ˈrȯi-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of royal in a Sentence

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

  2. the school superintendent received a royal welcome

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Origin and Etymology of 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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royal

noun roy·al

Definition of royal

  1. 1 :  a person of royal blood

  2. 2 :  a small sail on the royal mast immediately above the topgallant sail

  3. 3 :  a stag of 8 years or more having antlers with at least 12 points

Examples of royal in a Sentence

  1. magazine stories about the private lives of royals

Recent Examples of royal from the Web

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First Known Use of royal

15th century



ROYAL Defined for English Language Learners

royal

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Definition of royal for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to a king or queen

  • Royal —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

royal

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Definition of royal for English Language Learners

  • : a member of a royal family


ROYAL Defined for Kids

royal

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adjective roy·al \ˈrȯi-əl\

Definition of royal for Students

  1. 1 :  of or relating to a king or queen :  regal a royal wedding

  2. 2 :  fit for a king or queen We gave the team a royal welcome.

royally

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