royalty Definition

  • 1the people who belong to the royal family of a country
  • 2a payment made to writers, musicians, etc. for each copy of their work that is sold
  • 3the quality of being special or impressive

Using royalty: Examples

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

  • Example

    The British royalty attended the ceremony.

  • Example

    The author receives a royalty for every book sold.

  • Example

    The hotel's luxury amenities give it an air of royalty.

royalty Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using royalty

  • a poker hand consisting of a ten, jack, queen, king, and ace, all of the same suit


    He won the game with a royal flush, the best possible hand in poker.

  • a person or thing that is very annoying or difficult to deal with


    Dealing with the bureaucracy was a royal pain, with endless forms and procedures to follow.

  • the use of 'we' by a person in a position of authority or power, often used by monarchs or other rulers


    The queen used the royal we when addressing her subjects, as a way of emphasizing her authority and power.

Phrases with royalty

  • the family of a king or queen, including their children and close relatives


    The royal family of England is known for its long history and traditions.

  • royal blood

    the bloodline of a king or queen, often used figuratively to describe someone with noble or prestigious ancestry


    She was proud of her royal blood and heritage.

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


    The VIP guests received the royal treatment at the hotel, with personalized service and luxurious amenities.

Origins of royalty

from Old French 'roialte', meaning 'kingly status'


Summary: royalty in Brief

The term 'royalty' [ˈrɔɪəlti] refers to the royal family of a country, as well as payments made to creators for their work and the quality of being special or impressive. It is exemplified by 'The British royalty attended the ceremony,' 'The author receives a royalty for every book sold,' and 'The hotel's luxury amenities give it an air of royalty.' Phrases like 'royal family' and idioms like 'royal flush' extend the concept, while 'royal pain' denotes annoyance and 'royal we' emphasizes authority.

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