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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Philip had ended his royal duties in 2017 after more than 22,000 appearances. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Queen Elizabeth's Most Moving Quotes About Prince Philip," 9 Apr. 2021 When not performing his royal duties, Philip played polo, expanded the sport of carriage driving, and even got into creating oil paintings and cartoons. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Husband to Queen Elizabeth, Has Died at 99," 9 Apr. 2021 Prince Philip, who died Friday at the age of 99, fulfilled his royal duties alongside his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, over the course of seven decades. Lily Rothman, Time, "How Prince Philip Became Queen Elizabeth's Unlikely Husband," 9 Apr. 2021 Prince Philip's funeral plans are set beginning with an eight-day mourning period where the Queen will refrain from royal duties in that time, according to People. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth's Husband, Dies at 99," 9 Apr. 2021 Harry and his wife, the former actress Meghan Markle, left their royal duties — and the U.K. — behind after what the couple described as a miserable experience with palace staff and Britain’s relentless tabloids. Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times, "Prince Harry is awarded a new title: Chief impact officer," 24 Mar. 2021 Coincidently, Kate wore the same chic coat last year during a visit to a London children's center in the days following the Sussexes' decision to step back from senior royal duties. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Keeps It Chic with a Camel Coat and Suede Mini Bag in East London," 18 Mar. 2021 In an interview with Oprah on Sunday (shown last night on ITV), Prince Harry and Meghan Markle opened up about the misconceptions, attacks, and untold truths that led them to ultimately step away from their royal duties. Lydia Wang,, "Can We Talk About These Meghan Markle Interview Memes? Because They’re Perfect," 9 Mar. 2021 In the wake of public criticism over the interview, Prince Andrew was ordered to step back from royal duties. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Buckingham Palace to Deal With Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Racism Allegations ‘Privately’," 9 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The series thus far has brought Philip to middle age, covering only half of the real royal's nearly 100 years., "Prince Philip vs. Philip of ‘The Crown’: Fact and fiction," 12 Apr. 2021 As The Crown prepares to film season 5 with an all-new cast, Netflix has released a statement honoring Prince Philip following the British royal's death at age 99. Joey Nolfi,, "The Crown streamer Netflix is 'deeply saddened' by Prince Philip's death," 9 Apr. 2021 Prior to becoming a royal, the future duchess graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and pursued a career in acting. Morgan Winsor And Zoe Magee, ABC News, "Who's who in the British royal family," 9 Apr. 2021 Plus, Emma Corrin’s portrayal of Princess Diana on The Crown has reignited interest in the royal's style. Paulina Jayne Isaac, Glamour, "Here’s Why Princess Diana Decided to Spontaneously Chop Off Her Hair," 7 Apr. 2021 Meghan Markle spoke candidly about the devastating toll her experience as a royal had on her mental health during her interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired on Sunday. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Shared an Important Message in Support of Meghan Markle," 10 Mar. 2021 Meghan and Harry's story exposed the darker side of life as a royal, a move that unintentionally also intensified an existing sentiment of distrust and wariness of The Crown. Ineye Komonibo,, "Unsurprisingly, This Royal Has No Comment About Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s Revealing Tell-All," 10 Mar. 2021 Prior to stepping down as a royal, Harry's income (like William's) stemmed from the Duchy of Cornwall, which is where their father, Prince Charles, also earns his money. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Much Are Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, and Prince William Worth?," 7 Mar. 2021 Bea cries after learning that her crush Leo (Harrison Osterfield), the actual Prince of England, agreed to marry another royal to save the Irregulars. Ariana Romero,, "The Irregulars Probably Already Revealed Its Season 2 Villain," 28 Mar. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Royal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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