Definition of majesty in English:

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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).

  • major from Middle English:

    Latin major means ‘greater’ from magnus ‘great’ ( see magnify), a sense still found in old-fashioned schools where ‘Smith major’ might be used to label the older of two brothers. The military rank is found from the late 16th century, while the sense ‘serious, excessive’ as in a major foul-up dates only from the 1950s. The mayor (Middle English) of a place, the title majesty (Middle English), and the majority (mid 16th century) all get their names from the same source.

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Syllabification: maj·es·ty

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