- The definition of royal is relating to a kingdom or monarchy.
An example of royal used as an adjective is the phrase "royal family" which means the family of kings, queens, princes and princesses.
- Royal is defined as a member of a kingdom or monarchy.
An example of a royal is a king.
- of, from, by, or to a king, queen, or other sovereign: the royal family, a royal edict, the royal allowance
- having the rank of a sovereign
- of a kingdom, its government, etc.: the royal fleet
- founded, chartered, or helped by, or under the patronage of, a sovereign: the Royal Society
- in the service of a sovereign or of the Crown
- suitable for a sovereign; magnificent, splendid, etc.: royal robes
- like or characteristic of a sovereign; majestic, stately, etc.: a royal bearing
- unusually large, great, fine, etc.
Origin of royalMiddle English roial from Old French from Classical Latin regalis, regal
- a large size of paper, 20 by 25 inches (for printing) or 19 by 24 inches (for writing)
- a small sail set next above a topgallant sail, on a royal mast
- [sometimesR-]Informal a member of a royal family
- Of or relating to a monarch.
- Of the rank of a monarch.
- Of, relating to, or in the service of a kingdom.
- Issued or performed by a monarch: a royal warrant; a royal visit.
- Founded, chartered, or authorized by a monarch: a royal society of musicians.
- Befitting royalty; stately: royal treatment.
- a. Superior, as in size or quality.b. Used as an intensive: “It would be a first-class royal mess” ( Sam Nunn )
- Informal A member of a monarch's family: “Among the resort's distinguished visitors are Swedish and Spanish royals” ( Alistair Scott )
- Nautical A sail set on the royalmast.
- A paper size, 20 by 25 inches for printing, 19 by 24 inches for writing.
Origin of royalMiddle English from Old French from Latin rēgālis from rēx rēg- king ; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more royal, superlative most royal)
- Of or relating to a monarch or their family.
- Having the air or demeanour of a monarch.
- (nautical) In large sailing ships, of a mast right above the topgallant mast and its sails.
- royal mast, royal sail
- (boxing, military) free-for-all, especially involving multiple combatants.
- (informal) Used as an intensifier.
- a royal pain in the neck
- A royal person; a member of a royal family.
- (paper, printing) A standard size of printing paper, measuring 25 by 20 inches.
- (dated) The Australian decimal currency (later called "dollar").
- The fourth tine of an antler's beam.
- (nautical) In large sailing ships, square sail over the topgallant sail.
- An old English gold coin, the rial.
- (military) A small mortar.
- A surname.
- A male given name from the surname, or from the word "royal".
- Used in terms of address or reference to members of a royal family.
- (UK, by extension) Used in the names of organisations within the British government, as, the Royal Navy, Royal Mail.