Definition of royalty
2 : regal character or bearing : nobility
3a : persons of royal lineageb : a person of royal rank how to address royalties — George Santayanac : an elite class
4 : a right of jurisdiction granted to an individual or corporation by a sovereign
5a : a share of the product or profit reserved by the grantor especially of an oil or mining leaseb : a payment to an author or composer for each copy of a work sold or to an inventor for each item sold under a patent
Examples of royalty in a Sentence
It was an honor and a privilege to dine with royalty.
On our wedding day, we were treated like royalty.
Recent Examples of royalty from the Web
Then Boucher’s company wanted to know whether Moore would like a lump payment for her work or would prefer royalties.
This weekend, the 37th edition of the world’s glitziest charity wine auction will unroll like a glamorous film directed by Hollywood royalty.
A flag-waving crowd has gathered on Helsinki’s main square to get a glimpse of Nordic royalties joining in celebrating Finland’s 100 years of independence.
For her years of service to the royalty, Voisin was gruesomely tortured and burned alive.
Jihadist royaltyHamza bin Laden's sense of personal destiny only deepened with the death of his father and half brother Khalid at the hands of U.S. commandos.
While prepayments are supposedly nonrefundable, BlackBerry argued that Qualcomm has per-device royalty caps that should apply -- even when a phone maker pays in advance.
The one-hour show includes Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel, who introduce audiences to their silly new friend, a court jester used to making royalty laugh.
At what looks like seven months pregnant, Ciara Princess Wilson, an R&B celebrity the waiters here treat like royalty, is wearing a tight tonal-striped jersey minidress, slip-on sneakers, a Chanel tote, and zero makeup.
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Origin and Etymology of royalty
Middle English roialte, from Anglo-French realté, roialté, from real
First Known Use: 15th century
ROYALTY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of royalty for English Language Learners
: members of a royal family
: an amount of money that is paid to the original creator of a product, book, or piece of music based on how many copies have been sold
: an amount of money that is paid by a mining or oil company to the owner of the land the company is using
ROYALTY Defined for Kids
Definition of royalty for Students
1 : the status or power of a king or queen or his or her family
2 : members of the royal family of a king or queen
3 : a share of a product or profit (as of a mine) claimed by the owner for allowing another to use the property
4 : payment made to the owner of a patent or copyright for the use of it
Legal Definition of royalty
1 : a right delegated (as to an individual or corporation) by a sovereign
2a : a share of the profit or product reserved by the grantor especially of an oil or mineral lease — compare overriding royalty b : a payment made to an author or composer for each copy of a work sold or to an inventor for each article sold under a patent
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