royalty

noun roy·al·ty \ ˈrȯi(-ə)l-tē \

Definition of royalty

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 royalties
  • —George 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

  1. It was an honor and a privilege to dine with royalty.

  2. On our wedding day, we were treated like royalty.

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Origin and Etymology of royalty

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


ROYALTY Defined for English Language Learners

royalty

noun

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

royalty

noun roy·al·ty \ ˈrȯi-əl-tē \

Definition of royalty for Students

plural royalties
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

Law Dictionary

royalty

noun roy·al·ty

legal Definition of royalty

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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