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

Synonyms for royal

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of royal in a Sentence

Adjective They received a royal welcome as they stepped off the plane. the school superintendent received a royal welcome Noun magazine stories about the private lives of royals
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective From the Queen's direct heirs, to her other children, and grandchildren, everyone in the British royal family has a role to play. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 10 June 2022 Many members of the royal family, including Prince Edward as vice-patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation, are expected to attend the Commonwealth Games, which see athletes from across the Commonwealth of Nations competing. Stephanie Petit And Simon Perry,, 9 June 2022 At Trooping the Colour on Thursday, Harry and Meghan were photographed watching the parade inside the Major General's Office with other senior members of the royal family. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 9 June 2022 Several members of the royal family wished Lilibet a happy birthday Saturday — including Harry’s brother Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who were in Wales that day to mark the jubilee. Annabelle Timsit, Washington Post, 6 June 2022 The jubilee celebrations also brought a visit from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who made their first appearance with the royal family in more than two years. Kelsee Majette, The Week, 6 June 2022 For her first outing with the royal family since exiting her role as Duchess, Meghan Markle wore an all-white Dior Haute Couture ensemble—including a coat, hat, and matching gloves—that commanded attention. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 6 June 2022 Attendees' identities were not disclosed but most of the royal family spent Saturday at various jubilee events. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 6 June 2022 Over the weekend, members of the royal family shared sweet birthday tributes to baby Lili, including her namesake, Queen Elizabeth, as well as Prince William and Duchess Kate, and Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Monegasque royal family has a long and stylish reputation—thanks in no small part to fashion icon Grace Kelly, who became Princess Grace of Monaco in 1956. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 11 June 2022 Princess Diana's close friend Julia Samuel is opening up about her relationship with the late iconic royal. Natasha Dado,, 15 Mar. 2022 The six-year-old Crown Prince of Bhutan, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck, the youngest crown prince in the world, is already taking on public duties as a royal. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 8 June 2022 The Queen has long been a fan of recycling outfits, with the Duchess of Cambridge often following suit during her 11 years as a royal. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 4 June 2022 While presenting the Reina Letizia 202 awards at the Royal Board on Disability Council meeting, recipient Inmaculada Vivas Teson stepped up wearing the same black and white color block midi dress accented with a belt as the royal. Stephanie Petit,, 10 May 2022 Marie Ledin, managing director of the Polar Music Prize and daughter of the late Stig Anderson, spoke at the Tuesday evening royal banquet, which followed the ceremony. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 24 May 2022 Tapped as a royal bridesmaid yet again, Princess Charlotte attends the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 23 May 2022 Glenfeshie is the largest of Povlsen’s 12 estates in Scotland, which together make up a 230,000-acre empire—larger than the Scottish holdings of the Queen or any other royal. Cathleen O'grady, The Atlantic, 20 May 2022 See More

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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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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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