Definition of royal “we” in English:

royal “we”

Syllabification: roy·al “we”

noun

  • The use of “we” instead of “I” by an individual person, as traditionally used by a sovereign: Queen Victoria once remarked, with British understatement, “we are not amused.”
    More example sentences
    • Although we can't always shake the nasty habit of writing in the royal we, occasionally one of our editors decides to shake off the cloak of anonymity to write a diatribe about a topic of their choice.
    • Given his constant use of the royal "we," he seems to be campaigning for the monarchy.

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Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
noun
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody