- the dignity or power of a sovereign
- sovereign power: the majesty of the law
- a title used in speaking to or of a sovereign, preceded by Your or by His or Her
- grandeur or stateliness
Origin of majestyMiddle English maiesty ; from Old French majesté ; from Classical Latin majestas ; from base of major, comparative of magnus, great: see magni-
- a. Sovereign power, dignity, or grandeur: the majesty of the royal couple.b. Supreme authority or power: the majesty of the law.
- a. A royal personage.b. Majesty Used with His, Her, or Your as a title and form of address for a sovereign.
- Magnificence or splendor: the majesty of the Rockies.
Origin of majestyMiddle English mageste, maieste, from Old French majeste, from Latin maiestas; see meg- in Indo-European roots.
- The quality of being impressive and great
- the majesty of the Great Pyramids
Middle English maieste, mageste, from Old French majestÃ©, from Latin mÄiestÄs, derived from *meÇµhâ‚‚s (“great"). See mega-.
A king or queen is usually styled "Your Majesty" or "Your Royal Majesty", although in earlier times other forms were used, such as "Your Grace". An emperor or empress is styled "Your Imperial Majesty".
Occasionally other variations are used. The queen of Great Britain is sometimes called "Her Britannic Majesty"; the King and Queen of Spain "Their Most Catholic Majesties"; the King of Hawai'i "His Oceanic Majesty".