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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Syllabification: roy·al “we”
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