royalty

noun
roy·​al·​ty | \ ˈrȯi(-ə)l-tē How to pronounce royalty (audio) \
plural royalties

Definition of royalty

1a : 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
3a : 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
5a : 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

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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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Her statement did not note whether the Okadas will receive royalties. Chris Fuchs, NBC News, "Penguin Classics edition of Japanese American novel 'No-No Boy' sparks copyright dispute," 7 June 2019 Your dreams of living like royalty are about to come true—well, sort of. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "So, You Could Be Neighbors With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle," 20 May 2019 Everyone dreams of stepping onto the carpet at the Met Gala looking like royalty, and Adwoa Aboah figured out exactly how to do just that this past Monday. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Adwoa Aboah Was Queen for a Night at the Met Gala," 8 May 2019 Mother's Day might be just around the corner, but moms should be treated like royalty every day. Stacia Affelt, Good Housekeeping, "You Won't Believe This Mom's Incredible Head-to-Toe Makeover," 9 Apr. 2019 Amal aptly dressed like royalty for the occasion, donning a flowing white William Vintage Jean-Louis Scherrer by Stephane Rolland dress, from the designer's Spring 2007 collection. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Just Wore the Coolest One-Shoulder Jumpsuit on the Red Carpet," 14 Mar. 2019 Most writers, for example, receive royalties from book sales in perpetuity. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Why is art so expensive?," 31 Oct. 2018 This was a bold move that largely precludes Redmond from asserting its > patents against Android and should mean that the company will no longer > receive royalties from smartphone manufacturers. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "GitHub is now officially a part of Microsoft," 26 Oct. 2018 Songwriters and artists will now receive royalties on songs recorded before 1972; the law will improve how songwriters are paid by streaming services, with a single mechanical licensing database overseen by music publishers and songwriters. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Silicon Valley may have a Saudi Arabia problem," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of royalty

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

History and Etymology for royalty

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

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royalty

noun

English Language Learners Definition of royalty

: 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

noun
roy·​al·​ty | \ ˈrȯi-əl-tē How to pronounce royalty (audio) \
plural royalties

Kids Definition of royalty

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

royalty

noun
roy·​al·​ty
plural royalties

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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