of or pertaining to a king, queen, or other sovereign: royal power; a royal palace.
descended from or related to a king or line of kings: a royal prince.
noting or having the rank of a king or queen.
established or chartered by or existing under the patronage of a sovereign: a royal society.
(initial capital letter) serving or subject to a king, queen, or other sovereign.
proceeding from or performed by a sovereign: a royal warrant.
appropriate to or befitting a sovereign; magnificent; stately: royal splendor.
(usually initial capital letter) British. in the service of the monarch or of the Commonwealth: Royal Marines; Royal Air force.
fine; excellent: in royal spirits.
Informal. extreme or persistent; unmitigated: a royal nuisance; a royal pain.
Nautical. a sail set on a royal mast. See diag. under ship.
Informal. a royal person; member of the royalty.
Usually, royals. Chiefly British. a member of England's royal family.
a size of printing paper, 20 × 25 inches (51 × 64 cm).
a size of writing paper, 19 × 24 inches (48 × 61 cm).
Numismatics. any of various former coins, as the real or ryal.

1325–75; Middle English < Middle French < Latin rēgālis kingly, equivalent to rēg- (stem of rēx) king + -ālis -al1; cf. regal

royally, adverb
antiroyal, adjective
nonroyal, adjective
nonroyally, adverb
preroyal, adjective
preroyally, adverb
pseudoroyal, adjective
pseudoroyally, adverb
quasi-royal, adjective
quasi-royally, adverb

roil, royal.

7. majestic. See kingly.

7. servile. Unabridged
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royal (ˈrɔɪəl)
1.  of, relating to, or befitting a king, queen, or other monarch; regal
2.  (prenominal; often capital) established, chartered by, under the patronage or in the service of royalty: the Royal Society of St George
3.  being a member of a royal family
4.  above the usual or normal in standing, size, quality, etc
5.  informal unusually good or impressive; first-rate
6.  nautical just above the topgallant (in the phrase royal mast)
7.  informal (sometimes capital) a member of a royal family
8.  Also called: royal stag a stag with antlers having 12 or more branches
9.  nautical a sail set next above the topgallant, on a royal mast
10.  a size of printing paper, 20 by 25 inches
11.  chiefly (Brit) Also called: small royal a size of writing paper, 19 by 24 inches
12.  any of various book sizes, esp 61⁄4 by 10 inches (royal octavo), 6¾ by 101⁄4 inches (super royal octavo), and (chiefly Brit) 10 by 12½ inches (royal quarto) and 101⁄4 by 13½ inches (super royal quarto)
[C14: from Old French roial, from Latin rēgālis, fit for a king, from rēx king; compare regal1]

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., from O.Fr. roial, from L. regalis, from rex (gen. regis) "king" (see rex). Battle royal (1670s) preserves the Fr. custom of putting the adjective after the noun (cf. attorney general); the sense of the adj. here is "on a grand scale." As a modifier meaning "thorough,
total" royal is attested in English from 1940s. Royalist first recorded 1640s. The Royal Oak was a tree in Boscobel in Shropshire in which Charles II hid himself during flight after the Battle of Worcester in 1651. Sprigs of oak were worn to commemorate his restoration in 1660.
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