Definition of majesty in English:


Syllabification: maj·es·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈmajəstē

noun (plural majesties)

  • 1Impressive stateliness, dignity, or beauty: experience the majesty of the Rockies
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    • At a universal level both the Sun and Leo are associated with royalty, majesty, stateliness, dignity, and authority.
    • His majesty and beauty spoke to me in ways that no priest had ever been able to, and I was breathless from his presence.
    • But with their beauty and their majesty they remind us of who and where we are in this world.
  • 2Royal power: the majesty of the royal household
  • 2.1 (His, Your, etc., Majesty) A title given to a sovereign or a sovereign’s wife or widow: Her Majesty the Queen
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    • The passing of Her Majesty, the Queen Mother has finally brought the 20th century to an end.
    • First Love, owned by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, can add a Royal flavour to proceedings at Sandown tomorrow.
    • Her Majesty had ordered Noakes and his wife Vivien to be given unprecedented access to her both at home and at work.
  • 2.2 (Her or His Majesty's) British Used in the title of several state institutions: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Schools
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    • There shall continue to be kept at His Majesty's Land Registry a register of title to freehold land and leasehold land.
    • Visit Aberdeen, with sights such as the Maritime Museum, the Lemon Tree, His Majesty's Theatre and great shops.
    • In April 1739 a pock-marked butcher was hanged at York for crimes against His Majesty's Highways.


Middle English (in the sense 'greatness of God'): from Old French majeste, from Latin majestas, from a variant of majus, major- (see major).

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