Definition of royal in English:


Syllabification: roy·al
Pronunciation: /ˈroi(ə)l


1Having the status of a king or queen or a member of their family: contributors included members of the royal family
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  • The play is about Anastasia Romanov, a member of the Russian royal family, after the fall of the Russian monarchy in 1918.
  • As well as the Queen Mother, the queen and her husband Prince Philip, most other members of the royal family are due to attend the funeral.
  • Boromo Trailokanat resolved the question of succession by ranking every member of the royal family in relation to the reigning monarch.
1.1Belonging to or carried out or exercised by a king or queen: the royal palace the coalition obtained royal approval for the appointment
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  • Prince Charles gave the royal seal of approval to the appeal launched by St John's Church in Devizes by attending a fundraising concert.
  • Prince Andrew of Greece was reburied in the royal Summer Palace at Tatoi in Athens.
  • Castles, stately homes and royal palaces comprise nine per cent of all listed buildings and industrial heritage accounts for five per cent.
1.2 [attributive] In the service or under the patronage of a king or queen: a royal maid
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  • She had been a royal Maid of Honour from 1853 and her marriage had brought her closer to the throne.
  • His wife, he said, understood the pressures of a life as a royal butler because she was the Duke of Edinburgh's maid for 16 years.
  • When a guest at a ball for royal staff at Buckingham Palace the Duke asked her what she thought of the food.
1.3 [attributive] Of a quality or size suitable for a king or queen; splendid: a royal fortune
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  • There is more to Rajasthan than just its royal splendour or amazing camel rides through never-ending sand dunes.
  • Certainly there was a royal quality to the servings - I struggled to finish them.
  • The people of Tory Island and their King were treated to a royal welcome in Monasterevin last weekend.
1.4 informal Unmitigated; extreme: he might turn out to be a royal pain
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  • I'm all for getting out of my ill-lit, unpleasantly fragrant apartment, but going to the mall can be a royal pain.
  • I've worked with these a lot, and they're a royal pain.
  • Justin was being a royal pain, so I took out a restraining order on him along about the end of August.


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1 informal A member of a royal family, especially in England.
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  • At 11.10 am Royal Family members, foreign royals and members of the Queen Mother's family will be seated.
  • At the Abbey, members of the Royal Family, foreign royals, members of the Bowes Lyon family and other blood relatives move in procession to their seats.
  • Some 35 members of the Royal Family and 25 foreign royals were there to pay a personal tribute.
2 short for royal sail or royal mast.
3 (in full metric royal) A paper size, now standardized at 636 × 480 mm.
3.1 (in full royal octavo) A book size, now standardized at 234 × 156 mm.
3.2 (in full royal quarto) A book size, now standardized at 312 × 237 mm.


late Middle English: from Old French roial, from Latin regalis 'regal'.


royal road to

A way of attaining or reaching something without trouble: there is no royal road to teaching
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  • It has become orthodoxy in most texts on politics and political science that something called ‘economic liberalisation’ is the royal road to international acceptability.
  • I can start, I suppose, by attacking the notion that liberalism or secularism - or even nihilism, for that matter - is the royal road to totalitarianism.
  • Freud famously said that dreams were the royal road to the unconscious; perhaps the movies offer another way to get there.



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  • All expenses are paid and you are treated royally.
  • He was, however, royally compensated for the disappointment.
  • Their supporters did them proud, as they gave the visitors a warm American welcome and treated them royally for the duration of their week's visit.

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