royal

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Old French roial (Modern French royal), from Latin rēgālis, from rēg-, the stem of rēx (king).

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royal (comparative more royal, superlative most royal)

  1. Of or relating to a monarch or their family.
  2. Having the air or demeanour of a monarch.
    • Shakespeare
      How doth that royal merchant, good Antonio?
  3. (nautical) In large sailing ships, of a mast right above the topgallant mast and its sails.
    royal mast, royal sail
  4. (boxing, military) free-for-all, especially involving multiple combatants.
  5. (informal) Used as an intensifier.
    a royal pain in the neck

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royal (plural royals)

  1. A royal person; a member of a royal family.
  2. (paper, printing) A standard size of printing paper, measuring 25 by 20 inches.
  3. (dated) The Australian decimal currency (later called "dollar").
  4. The fourth tine of an antler's beam.
  5. (nautical) In large sailing ships, square sail over the topgallant sail.
  6. An old English gold coin, the rial.
  7. (military) A small mortar.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French roial, from Latin rēgālis, from rēg-, the stem of rēx (king).

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royal m (feminine royale, masculine plural royaux, feminine plural royales)

  1. royal