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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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Examples from the web for majesty
  • Their empirical power is entwined with their visual majesty.
  • The latter would even correct those who didn't bow to their majesty.
  • The overall impression is one of geological majesty and extraordinary mineral wealth.
  • It's a stunning park but the sheer majesty of these mountains took my breath away.
  • To catch the majesty and horror of fire as you did in this photo is magnificent.
  • Part of the allure of diving is viewing the majesty of underwater worlds.
  • They must strive even harder for the right mix of majesty and homeliness.
  • What they lack in monohull majesty they more than make up for with speed and lots of overtaking action.
  • We also wanted old-growth forest and the real majesty of nature.
  • There's an eerie majesty in this blanket rejection of other people's notions about reality.
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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