roy·​al·​ly ˈrȯi-ə-lē How to pronounce royally (audio)
: by persons of royal rank or lineage
… a royally bred race horse …Peter Winants
royally appointed secretaries …Chester G. Starr
Soon, high-caste canines were so much in demand that royally bred hounds from the kennels of the Czar of Russia and the Queen of England were sent to Westminster and offered to the title-dazzled American public …Wendy Insinger
: to a standard befitting royalty : extremely well and luxuriously
Throughout my two-day visit at each institution I was treated royally, almost as though I were a font of wisdom bubbling forth vintage champagne.Vincent G. Dethier
"Here they are, queens all three, I think. You'll be waited on royally. Now let's go see the paradise I promised you."Heather Albano
Come in, and let us banquet royallyWilliam Shakespeare
informal : to a high degree
used as an intensive
… screws things up royallyDaniel Menaker
… their apartments have been royally trashed.Lee Child
He hadn't intended to make a speech. And it wasn't even what he had planned to say to them. He had gotten royally sidetracked.Maggie Davis
It doesn't take long to learn that a lie always unravels and that it always ends up making you feel royally cruddy.Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Examples of royally in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of royally was in the 15th century

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“Royally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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