royalty

noun

roy·​al·​ty ˈrȯi(-ə)l-tē How to pronounce royalty (audio)
plural royalties
1
a
: royal status or power : sovereignty
b
: a right or perquisite of a sovereign (such as a percentage paid to the crown of gold or silver taken from mines)
2
: regal character or bearing : nobility
3
a
: persons of royal lineage
b
: a person of royal rank
how to address royaltiesGeorge Santayana
c
: an elite class
4
: a right of jurisdiction granted to an individual or corporation by a sovereign
5
a
: a share of the product or profit reserved by the grantor especially of an oil or mining lease
b
: 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.
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Word History

Etymology

Middle English roialte, from Anglo-French realté, roialté, from real

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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Cite this Entry

“Royalty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/royalty. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

royalty

noun
roy·​al·​ty ˈrȯi(-ə)l-tē How to pronounce royalty (audio)
plural royalties
1
: royal status or power
2
: royal character or conduct
3
: members of a royal family
4
a
: a share of a product or profit (as of a mine) claimed by the owner for allowing another to use the property
b
: a payment made to the owner of a patent or copyright for the use of it

Legal Definition

royalty

noun
roy·​al·​ty
plural royalties
1
: a right delegated (as to an individual or corporation) by a sovereign
2
a
: 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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