- An example of royalty is a king.
- An example of royalty is a payment to a music composer.
- the rank, status, or power of a king or queen; royal position, dignity, etc.; sovereignty
- a royal person or, collectively, royal persons
- Archaic a royal domain or realm; kingdom
- royal quality or character; nobility, magnanimity, etc.
- [usually pl.]Archaic a right, privilege, or prerogative of a monarch
- a royal right, as over some natural resource, granted by a monarch to a person, corporation, etc.
- payment for such a right
- a share of the proceeds or product paid to the owner of a right, as a patent, for permission to use it or operate under it
- such a share paid to one from whom lands rich in oil or minerals are leased
- a share of proceeds, usually a specified percentage, paid for the work of an author, composer, etc. by the publisher
Origin of royaltyMiddle English roialte from Old French from Medieval Latin regalitas from Classical Latin regalis, regal
- a. A person of royal rank or lineage.b. Monarchs and their families considered as a group.
- The lineage or rank of a monarch.
- The power, status, or authority of a monarch.
- Royal quality or bearing.
- A kingdom or possession ruled by a monarch.
- A right or prerogative of the crown, as that of receiving a percentage of the proceeds from mines in the royal domain.
- a. The granting of a right by a monarch to a corporation or an individual to exploit specified natural resources.b. The payment for such a right.
- a. A share paid to a writer or composer out of the proceeds resulting from the sale or performance of his or her work.b. A share in the proceeds paid to an inventor or a proprietor for the right to use his or her invention or services.
- A share of the profit or product reserved by the grantor, especially of an oil or mining lease. Also called override .
- The rank, status, power or authority of a monarch.
- People of royal rank, plus their families, treated as a group.
- A royal right or prerogative, such as the exploitation of a natural resource; the granting of such a right; payment received for such a right
- The payment received by an owner of real property for exploitation of mineral rights on his property.
- (by extension) payment made to a writer, composer, inventor etc for the sale or use of intellectual property, invention etc.
- (poker, slang) A king and a queen as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em
From Old French roialtÃ©.
royalty - Investment & Finance Definition
A payment made for the right to use an asset, invention, or creation calcu-lated as a percentage of the sale price. For example, the holder of a valuable natural resource may receive a royalty from a company that extracts the resource; the amount of the royalty payment depends on the amount of the resource that the company is able to extract. An author may receive a royalty each time one of his or her books sells.
royalty - Legal Definition
- A payment made to the creator of an intellectual property (author, inventor, and so on) for each copy of the property that is sold.
- A share of the profit derived from real property that is reserved for the owner in exchange for granting a lessee, who is going to mine or drill the mineral rights on that land.