royal

adjective
roy·al | \ ˈrȯi(-ə)l \

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

royal

noun

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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Other words from royal

Adjective

royally \ˈrȯi-ə-lē \ adverb

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

But Prince Philip was not spotted today, according to the White House pool report, nor were any other members of the royal family. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Tea With Queen Elizabeth II and a Giant Baby Trump—a President's London Itinerary," 13 July 2018 The large cast portraying members of the royal families includes David Tennant, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Ismael Cordova, Brendan Coyle, Ian Hart, Adrian Lester, James McArdle and Guy Pearce. Jillian Forstadt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie Face Off for Throne in 'Mary Queen of Scots' Trailer," 12 July 2018 Inside the store, Beckham runs precise routes through racks of clothes, avoiding anything in the royal-blue family and gravitating towards red, his favorite color. Jamie Lisanti, SI.com, "Fashionable 50," 10 July 2018 On Monday, the entire British royal family came out to celebrate the christening of Prince Louis. Stacey Leasca, Southern Living, "The Long, Storied History Behind Prince Louis’s Christening Gown," 10 July 2018 Those in attendance included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s two older children — Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3 — and other members of the royal family. Ew Staff, EW.com, "See all the photos of Prince William, Kate, and more at Prince Louis' christening," 9 July 2018 Life in the royal family certainly has its perks, but the responsibility also comes with its set of rules. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The Royal Family Reportedly Cannot Eat Garlic," 8 July 2018 Corruption has been endemic in the kingdom, where much of the economy depends on state spending and a large royal family made rich by oil long operated with few limits. Summer Said, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Still Detaining Dozens From Corruption Crackdown," 4 July 2018 The prince is the first member of the British royal family to pay an official visit to Israel. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Prince William visits Israel’s Holocaust memorial," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Just yesterday, the little royals were on hand to celebrate Prince Louis's christening, which marked their very first appearance as a family of five. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Had the Best Time Watching the RAF Flyover From a Palace Window," 10 July 2018 The royals were on hand to mark 100 years of the Royal Air Force. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "See Meghan Markle Make Her Buckingham Palace Balcony Return Right Next to Queen Elizabeth!," 10 July 2018 In 2018, The Richest reported that the former royal was worth a whopping $1 million thanks to her endorsements, book deals, and TV appearances. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How Sarah Ferguson Rebuilt Her Net Worth and Relationship With the Royal Family," 29 June 2018 Those senior British royals are an indomitable bunch. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Why is the Queen wearing sunglasses? She just had successful eye surgery," 8 June 2018 Finally the royals are in the 21st century and look young, vibrant and cool again. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Royal Family expresses thanks after Harry and Meghan's radical day," 20 May 2018 Harry’s own parents, Princess Diana and Prince Charles defied the stereotype that the British royals were stuffy and subdued. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "The History of The Royal Balcony Kiss," 18 May 2018 For more info: MONARCHY: Just how British are Britain's royals? CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (May 20)," 17 May 2018 Other royals also have a strong attachment to the Royal Air Force, such as Prince William and Prince Charles, who have both served as pilots. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Kate Middleton Broke Maternity Leave to Attend the Royal Air Force Anniversary," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of royal

Adjective

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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for royal

Adjective

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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of royal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

noun

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

: a member of a royal family

royal

adjective
roy·al | \ ˈrȯi-əl \

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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