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
Herzog, the son of former President Chaim Herzog and nephew of legendary former Foreign Minister Abba Eban, has long been viewed as party royalty.
In a ceremony essentially fit for royalty, the Heat’s new trio of basketball stars soaked in an atmosphere that resembled more of a rock concert than an introductory news conference.
But, what if that wasn't actually Ned Stark who was beheaded in front of his entire family, the fancy royalty, and a bunch of angry, dirty commoners?
Bow down in the presence of rock royalty in Cafe Tacuba.
Michael is survived by his mother and father, stiff upper-crust types who may as well be royalty as far as trailer-park escapee Josie is concerned.
Qualcomm says Apple is mischaracterizing its business and is suing four Apple manufacturers for withholding royalty payments on Qualcomm technology.
Dos Caras made his wrestling debut in 1970 and is part of wrestling royalty in Mexico.
Apple says that ruling strengthens its argument that Qualcomm cannot continue to demand royalties for the patents after selling its cellular chips.
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Origin and Etymology of royalty
Middle English roialte, from Anglo-French realté, roialté, from real
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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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