royal: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (roi'ul), [key]
— adj.
  1. of or pertaining to a king, queen, or other sovereign: royal power; a royal palace.
  2. descended from or related to a king or line of kings: a royal prince.
  3. noting or having the rank of a king or queen.
  4. established or chartered by or existing under the patronage of a sovereign: a royal society.
  5. (cap.) serving or subject to a king, queen, or other sovereign.
  6. proceeding from or performed by a sovereign: a royal warrant.
  7. appropriate to or befitting a sovereign; magnificent; stately: royal splendor.
  8. (usually cap.)in the service of the monarch or of the Commonwealth: Royal Marines; Royal Air Force.
  9. fine; excellent: in royal spirits.
  10. extreme or persistent; unmitigated: a royal nuisance; a royal pain.
  1. a sail set on a royal mast. See diag. under
  2. a royal person; member of the royalty.
  3. Usually,a member of England's royal family.
  4. a size of printing paper, 20 × 25 in. (51 × 64 cm).
  5. a size of writing paper, 19 × 24 in. (48 × 61 cm).
  6. any of various former coins, as the real or ryal.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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