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royalty

[roi-uhl-tee]
noun, plural royalties.
1.
royal persons collectively.
2.
royal status, dignity, or power; sovereignty: to be elevated to royalty.
3.
a person of royal lineage; member of a royal family.
4.
royalties, Archaic. prerogatives, rights, or symbolic emblems of a king, queen, or other sovereign.
5.
a royal domain; kingdom; realm.
6.
character or quality proper to or befitting a sovereign; nobility.
7.
a compensation or portion of the proceeds paid to the owner of a right, as a patent or oil or mineral right, for the use of it.
8.
an agreed portion of the income from a work paid to its author, composer, etc., usually a percentage of the retail price of each copy sold.
9.
a royal right, as over minerals, granted by a sovereign to a person or corporation.
10.
the payment made for such a right.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English roialte < Old French. See royal, -ty2

nonroyalty, noun, plural nonroyalties.
preroyalty, noun, plural preroyalties.
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royalty (ˈrɔɪəltɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the rank, power, or position of a king or queen
2.  a.  royal persons collectively
 b.  one who belongs to the royal family
3.  any quality characteristic of a monarch; kingliness or regal dignity
4.  a percentage of the revenue from the sale of a book, performance of a theatrical work, use of a patented invention or of land, etc, paid to the author, inventor, or proprietor

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royalty
late 14c., "office or position of a sovereign," from O.Fr. roialte, from V.L. *regalitatem (nom. *regalitas), from L. regalis (see royal). Sense of "prerogatives or rights granted by a sovereign to an individual or corporation" is from late 15c. From that evolved more general
senses, such as "payment to a landowner for use of a mine" (1839), and ultimately "payment to an author, composer, etc." for sale or use of his or her work (1857).
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royalty definition


A payment made for some right or privilege, as when a publisher pays a royalty to an author for the author's granting the publisher the right to sell the author's book.

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