- 1Having the status of a king or queen or a member of their family: contributors included members of the royal familyMore example sentences
- 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, carried out, or exercised by a king or queen: the royal palace the coalition obtained royal approval for the appointmentMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2In the service or under the patronage of a king or queen: a royal maidMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3Of a quality or size suitable for a king or queen; splendid: she received a royal welcomeMore example sentences
- 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 [attributive] British • informal Real; utter (used for emphasis): she’s a right royal pain in the behindMore example sentences
complete, utter, total, real, absolute, thorough, veritableAustralian/New Zealand • informal plurry
- A right royal rumpus has erupted over York's Golden Jubilee Rugby League Festival after a team from Oxford tried once again to muscle in on the event.
- The princess wants to run away, much to the King and Queen's concern, and only our hero can prevent a right royal row.
- Last Tuesday her dedication and hard work received a right royal accolade.
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- 1 • informal A member of the royal family: the royals are coming under the TV microscopeMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3 short for royal stag.
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- A way of attaining or reaching something without trouble: there is no royal road to teachingMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: from Old French roial, from Latin regalis 'regal'.