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[maj-uh-stee] /ˈmædʒ ə sti/
noun, plural majesties.
regal, lofty, or stately dignity; imposing character; grandeur:
majesty of bearing; the majesty of Chartres.
supreme greatness or authority; sovereignty:
All paid tribute to the majesty of Rome.
(usually initial capital letter) a title used when speaking of or to a sovereign (usually preceded by his, her, or your):
His Majesty's Navy; Will your Majesty hear our petitions?
a royal personage, or royal personages collectively:
The royal wedding was attended by the majesties of Europe.
Christ in Majesty, a representation of Christ as ruler of the universe.
Origin of majesty
1250-1300; Middle English majeste < Middle French < Latin majestāt- (stem of majestās) dignity, grandeur, equivalent to majes- (akin to majus < *mag-yos, neuter comparative of magnus large; cf. major) + -tāt- -ty2 Unabridged
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  • I ask you to share with me today the majesty of this moment.

  • All loveliness, all grace, all majesty are there; but we cannot see, cannot conceive—come away!

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • If you prove a good subject of his majesty, and supply him with the ordnance, well.

    Sweet Mace George Manville Fenn
  • "And he is now waiting for admission to your majesty's presence," added they.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • He made a sudden rush at the king, and stamped with all his might on his majesty's feet.

    The Princess and the Goblin George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for majesty


great dignity of bearing; loftiness; grandeur
supreme power or authority
an archaic word for royalty
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin mājestās; related to Latin major, comparative of magnus great


noun (pl) -ties
(preceded by Your, His, Her, or Their) a title used to address or refer to a sovereign or the wife or widow of a sovereign
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Word Origin and History for majesty

c.1300, "greatness, glory," from Old French majeste "grandeur, nobility" (12c.), from Latin maiestatem (nominative maiestas) "greatness, dignity, elevation, honor, excellence," from stem of maior (neuter maius), comparative of magnus "great" (see magnate). Earliest English us is with reference to God; as a title, in reference to kings and queens (late 14c.), it is from Romance languages and descends from the Roman Empire.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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