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Meaning of royal by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • roial ( obsolete )
    • roiall ( obsolete )
    • royall ( obsolete )


    Old French roial ( Modern French royal ), from Latin rēgālis, from rēg-, the stem of rēx ( “king” ) .


    • IPA: /ˈrɔɪəl/
    • Rhymes: -ɔɪəl


    royal ( comparative more royal, superlative most royal )

    1. Of or relating to a monarch or their family .
    2. Having the air or demeanour of a monarch .
    3. ( nautical ) In large sailing ships, of a mast right above the topgallant mast and its sails .
    4. ( boxing, military ) free-for-all, especially involving multiple combatants .
    5. ( informal ) major
      a royal pain in the neck



    royal ( plural: royals )

    1. ( colloquial ) A royal person; a member of a royal family .
    2. ( paper, printing ) A standard printing-paper size measuring 25 inches x 20 inches .
    3. former name for the Australian decimal currency ( later dollar ) .
    4. the fourth tine of an antler's beam
    5. in large sailing ships, square sail over the topgallant sail

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    • aroyl

Explanation of royal by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. invested with royal power as symbolized by a crown

    2. the royal ( or crowned ) heads of Europe
    3. belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler

    4. treated with royal acclaim
      the royal carriage of a stag's head
    5. being of the rank of a monarch

    6. of royal ancestry
      princes of the blood royal
    7. of or relating to or indicative of or issued or performed by a king or queen or other monarch

    8. the royal party
      the royal crest
      by royal decree
      a royal visit
    9. established or chartered or authorized by royalty

    10. the Royal Society
    1. stag with antlers of 12 or more branches

    2. a sail set next above the topgallant on a royal mast

    Definition of royal by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Royal a. [OE. roial, riall, real, OF. roial. reial, F. royal, fr. L. regalis, fr. rex, regis, king. See Rich, and cf. regal, real a coin, Rial.]
      1. Kingly; pertaining to the crown or the sovereign; suitable for a king or queen; regal; as, “royal power or prerogative; royal domains; the royal family; royal state”.

      2. Noble; generous; magnificent; princely.

      How doth that royal merchant, good Antonio? Shak.

      3. Under the patronage of royality; holding a charter granted by the sovereign; as, “the Royal Academy of Arts; the Royal Society”.

      Battle royal. See under Battle. -- Royal bay ( Bot. ), the classic laurel ( Laurus nobilis. ) -- Royal eagle. ( Zool. ) See Golden eagle, under Golden. -- Royal fern ( Bot. ), the handsome fern Osmunda regalis. See Osmund. -- Royal mast ( Naut. ), the mast next above the topgallant mast and usually the highest on a square-rigged vessel. The royal yard and royal sail are attached to the royal mast. -- Royal metal, an old name for gold. -- Royal palm ( Bot. ), a magnificent West Indian palm tree ( Oreodoxa regia ), lately discovered also in Florida. -- Royal pheasant. See Curassow. -- Royal purple, an intense violet color, verging toward blue. -- Royal tern ( Zool. ), a large, crested American tern ( Sterna maxima ). -- Royal tiger. ( Zool. ) See Tiger. -- Royal touch, the touching of a diseased person by the hand of a king, with the view of restoring to health; -- formerly extensively practiced, particularly for the scrofula, or king's evil.

      Syn. -- Kingly; regal; monarchical; imperial; kinglike; princely; august; majestic; superb; splendid; illustrious; noble; magnanimous.

    2. Royal, n.
      1. Printing and writing papers of particular sizes. See under paper, n.

      2. ( Naut. ) A small sail immediately above the topgallant sail. Totten.

      3. ( Zool. ) One of the upper or distal branches of an antler, as the third and fourth tynes of the antlers of a stag.

      4. ( Gun. ) A small mortar.

      5. ( Mil. ) One of the soldiers of the first regiment of foot of the British army, formerly called the Royals, and supposed to be the oldest regular corps in Europe; -- now called the Royal Scots.

      6. An old English coin. See Rial.

      7. ( Auction Bridge ) A royal spade.