royal

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English[edit]

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From Middle English royal, from Old French roial (Modern French royal), from Latin rēgālis, from rēx (king). Doublet of regal (befitting a king) and real (unit of currency). Cognate with Spanish real.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɔɪəl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔɪəl

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royal (comparative more royal, superlative most royal)

  1. Of or relating to a monarch or their family.
    • 1909, Archibald Marshall [pseudonym; Arthur Hammond Marshall], chapter I, in The Squire’s Daughter, London: Methuen, OCLC 12026604; republished New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1919, OCLC 491297620:
      He tried to persuade Cicely to stay away from the ball-room for a fourth dance. [] But she said she must go back, and when they joined the crowd again her partner was haled off with a frightened look to the royal circle, []
    • 2011, Marilyn Price, Grandma's Cookies (page 7)
      On the first Friday morning of his kingship he went into the kitchen and called for his royal chef.
  2. Having the air or demeanour of a monarch; illustrious; magnanimous; of more than common size or excellence.
  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. (paper) A standard size of writing paper, measuring 24 by 19 inches.
  4. (dated) The Australian decimal currency intended to replace the pound in 1966; was changed to "dollar" before it was actually circulated.
  5. Any of various lycaenid butterflies.
  6. The fourth tine of an antler's beam.
  7. A stag with twelve points (six on each antler).
  8. (nautical, sailing) In large sailing ships, square sail over the topgallant sail.
  9. An old English gold coin, the rial.
  10. (military) A small mortar.
  11. (card games) In auction bridge, a royal spade.
  12. A tuft of beard on the lower lip.
    Synonym: imperial

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Dutch[edit]

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  • Hyphenation: ro‧yal

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royal m or f (plural royals, diminutive [please provide])

  1. royal

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French roial, from Old French roial, from earlier reial, real, from very early Old French (c. 880) regiel, from Latin rēgālis, from rēx (king) + -ālis. Equivalent to roi +‎ -al.

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

  1. royal (of or relating to a monarch or their family)

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Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch royaal, from Old French roial (Modern French royal), from Latin rēgālis, from rēx (king).

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  • IPA(key): [ˈro.jal]
  • Hyphenation: ro‧yal

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royal

  1. (figuratively) extravagant, lavish.

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Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French roial, from Latin rēgālis. Doublet of ryal.

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royal (plural and weak singular royalle, comparative royaller, superlative royallyst) (Late Middle English)

  1. royal, of a king,
  2. kinglike, reminiscent of a king
  3. majestic, appropriate for a king, kingly
  4. opulent, expensive, fine
  5. noble, princely

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  • English: royal
  • Scots: royal

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royal (Late Middle English)

  1. A royal; a member of royalty.
  2. A noble; a member of nobility.

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royal (Late Middle English)

  1. wonderfully

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Variant spelling of roial.

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royal m (feminine singular royale, masculine plural royaulx, feminine plural royales)

  1. royal (of or relating to a monarch or their family)

Spanish[edit]

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royal m or f (plural royales)

  1. royal (member of the British royal family)
  2. Baking powder (dry leavening agent used in baking)