royal palm

noun

Definition of royal palm

: any of a genus (Roystonea) of palms chiefly of the Caribbean region especially : a tall graceful pinnate-leaved palm (R. regia) native to Cuba that is widely planted for ornament

Examples of royal palm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And vast plantings of mangrove, salt-resistant grass and shrubs, seagrape trees, and old growth royal palms, travelers palms, and coconut palms have made the island not just green, but increasingly resistant to natural erosion. Mark Orwoll, Travel + Leisure, "Dreaming of Your Next Caribbean Escape? Sharks and Stingrays Are Waiting at This Private Island Belize Resort," 12 Apr. 2020 The birds have also been found nesting in cavities of totai and royal palms which, in Bolivia, are often clustered on elevated terrain formed from prehistoric human existence in the lowland region. National Geographic, "Blue-throated macaw," 26 Feb. 2020 Its designers, Ali Daniel Flores and Victor Olmos, conceived their royal palm straw creation as a tribute to the sombrero — regarded as an embarrassment by today’s youth of Mexico — and to help restore local straw-weaving traditions. Linda Dyett, The Seattle Times, "Hats are big this summer. Really, really big," 16 Aug. 2018 He and his assistant, Spencer, planted most of the trees on the property: Dade County pines, royal palms, coconut palms. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Survival of Iggy Pop," 26 Aug. 2019 On Sunday evenings, after Meghan had spent the weekend with her father, the burly, bearded Thomas would drop her back at her mother’s, a second-story home on a wide street lined with stately royal palms in the diverse Miracle Mile neighborhood. Leslie Carroll, Vanities, "How Meghan Markle Was Destined for the Spotlight," 24 Apr. 2018 Although none of the foreigners lolling beneath the banyan trees and royal palms recognize him, a ripple of excitement passes through the Cubans, who nudge each other, smile and stare. Néstor Martí, Smithsonian, "The Man Who Saved Havana," 18 Apr. 2018 Despite its petite size, the spa has an awesome array of treatments, while the sprawling pool is framed by royal palms, rocky outcrops, and snowcapped peaks. Condé Nast Traveler, "Ace Hotel & Swim Club," 19 Jan. 2018 The occasion seemed to provide a balm to residents of a city of royal palms and a reminder to step away from the drama of politics to let art uplift and amuse. Bob Morris, New York Times, "Mar-a-Lago Has a Feisty New Neighbor," 15 Dec. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'royal palm.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of royal palm

1769, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about royal palm

Time Traveler for royal palm

Time Traveler

The first known use of royal palm was in 1769

See more words from the same year

Statistics for royal palm

Cite this Entry

“Royal palm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/royal%20palm. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

More from Merriam-Webster on royal palm

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about royal palm

Comments on royal palm

What made you want to look up royal palm? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!