royal Definition

  • 1relating to or belonging to a king or queen
  • 2having the status of a king or queen or a member of their family
  • 3typical of or suitable for a king or queen; magnificent

Using royal: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "royal" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The royal family attended the ceremony.

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    The palace is a royal residence.

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    The wedding was a royal affair.

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    The museum has a collection of royal artifacts.

royal Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for royal

Idioms Using royal

  • royal road

    an easy or direct path to achieving something


    Learning English grammar is the royal road to mastering the language.

  • an official forgiveness for a crime, granted by a monarch or other high-ranking official


    The prisoner was released after receiving a royal pardon.

  • the use of 'we' by a sovereign, bishop, or pope to refer to themselves


    The queen used the royal we when addressing her subjects.

Phrases with royal

  • a deep, vivid blue color


    She wore a stunning royal blue dress to the party.

  • the highest-ranking hand in poker, consisting of a straight flush of the ace, king, queen, jack, and ten of a suit


    He won the game with a royal flush.

  • special attention or treatment given to someone, often because of their importance or status


    The VIP guests received the royal treatment at the hotel.

Origins of royal

from Old French 'roial', from Latin 'regalis', from 'rex, reg-' meaning 'king'


Summary: royal in Brief

The term 'royal' [ˈrɔɪəl] refers to things related to kings or queens, such as the royal family, royal residences, and royal artifacts. It also describes things that are magnificent or fit for a king or queen, like a royal wedding or a royal blue dress. Idioms like 'royal road' and 'royal pardon' extend the concept of royalty to paths to success and official pardons.

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