Definition of royalty
- how to address royalties
- —George Santayana
It was an honor and a privilege to dine with royalty.
On our wedding day, we were treated like royalty.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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