• the Dwarf Khnumhotpu, Superintendent of The Royal Linen
    the Dwarf Khnumhotpu, Superintendent of The Royal Linen
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj royal invested with royal power as symbolized by a crown "the royal (or crowned) heads of Europe"
    • adj royal belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler "golden age of imperial splendor","purple tyrant","regal attire","treated with royal acclaim","the royal carriage of a stag's head"
    • adj royal being of the rank of a monarch "of royal ancestry","princes of the blood royal"
    • adj royal of or relating to or indicative of or issued or performed by a king or queen or other monarch "the royal party","the royal crest","by royal decree","a royal visit"
    • adj royal established or chartered or authorized by royalty "the Royal Society"
    • n royal stag with antlers of 12 or more branches
    • n royal a sail set next above the topgallant on a royal mast
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Royal edit. Maya Royal edit. Maya
His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, K.B His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, K.B
The Royals The Royals
"Watching a battle royal between the tops." "Watching a battle royal between the tops."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Honolulu, Hawaii boasts the only royal palace in the United States of America
    • Royal (Auction Bridge) A royal spade.
    • Royal (Gun) A small mortar.
    • Royal (Naut) A small sail immediately above the topgallant sail.
    • Royal An old English coin. See Rial.
    • Royal Kingly; pertaining to the crown or the sovereign; suitable for a king or queen; regal; as, royal power or prerogative; royal domains; the royal family; royal state.
    • Royal Noble; generous; magnificent; princely. "How doth that royal merchant, good Antonio?"
    • Royal (Mil) One of the soldiers of the first regiment of foot of the British army, formerly called the Royals, and supposed to be the oldest regular corps in Europe; -- now called the Royal Scots.
    • Royal (Zoöl) One of the upper or distal branches of an antler, as the third and fourth tynes of the antlers of a stag.
    • Royal Printing and writing papers of particular sizes. See under paper n.
    • Royal Under the patronage of royality; holding a charter granted by the sovereign; as, the Royal Academy of Arts; the Royal Society.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A 41-gun salute is the traditional salute to a royal birth in Great Britain.
    • royal Of or pertaining to a king; derived from or cognate to a king; belonging to or connected with the crown of a kingdom; regal; as, the royal family; a royal prince; royal domains; a royal palace.
    • royal Pertaining or relating to the sovereign power of a king; acting under, derived from, or dependent upon regal authority, aid, or patronage: as, a royal parliament or government; the royal army or navy; royal purveyors. Royal enters into the names of many literary, scientific, artistic, and other associations in monarchical countries, implying their existence under royal charter or patronage: e. g., the Royal Academy of Arts in London, whose members are distinguished by the title R. A. (Royal Academician), and the associate members by the title A. R. A.; the Royal Institution of London, for the promotion of and instruction in scientific and technical knowledge; the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge (usually designated specifically the Royal Society), which takes charge of many scientific matters with which the government is concerned, and whose members or fellows are styled F. R. S.; the Royal Societies of Edinburgh and of Dublin, the Royal Antiquarian, Asiatic, Astronomical, and Geographical Societies, etc.
    • royal Of kingly character or quality; proper for or suitable to kingship; ideally like or characteristic of a king or royalty; royally eminent, excellent, or the like: used either literally or figuratively: as, royal state or magnificence; he proved a royal friend; a right royal welcome.
    • royal Large or superior of its kind; of more than ordinary size, excellence, or the like: used as a specific qualification, as in royal quarto or royal octavo in printing, a royal antler or stag, etc., or as an assertion of superiority for that to which it is applied, as in the names of some articles of trade.
    • royal The bay-laurel, Laurus nobilis.
    • royal A merchant who managed the mercantile affairs of or purveyed for a sovereign or state.
    • royal [caps.] Another name for the constellation Robur Caroli.
    • royal Synonyms Royal, Regal, Kingly. Regal is applicable primarily to what pertains to a king in virtue of his office, and hence to what is proper to or suggestive of a king, and as now frequently used is nearly synonymous with princely, magnificent: as, regal state or pomp; regal power. Royal notes what pertains to the king as an individual, or is associated with his person: as, his royal highness (applied to a prince of the blood); the royal family; the royal presence; the royal robes; a royal salute. It does not, like regal, necessarily imply magnificence. Thus, a royal residence may not be regal in its character, while on the other hand any magnificent mansion belonging to a subject may be described as regal, though it is not royal. The sway of a great Highland chief of old was regal, but not royal. Hence, in figurative use, royal is applied to qualities, actions, or things which are conceived of as superlatively great, noble, or admirable in themselves, or as worthy of a king: as, a royal disposition, royal virtues, a royal entertainment, etc.; regal, to those which make an impression of the highest grandeur, stateliness, ascendancy, or the like: as, a regal bearing, regal munificence, regal commands, etc. Kingly seems to be intermediate. It signifies literally like a king, hence proper to or befitting a king, and in its more general use resembling or suggestive of a king. Like royal, it has reference to personal qualities: as, a kingly bearing, presence, disposition, and the like; while, like regal, it is not restricted to the monarch or members of his house.
    • royal Imperial, august, majestic, superb, splendid, magnificent, illustrious.
    • n royal A royal person; a member of a royal family; a king or prince.
    • n royal A gold coin formerly current in England: same as ryal.
    • n royal Nautical, a small square sail, usually the highest on a ship, carried on the royalmast only in a light breeze.
    • n royal One of the tines of a stag's antlers; an antler royal, or royal antler. See antler, 3.
    • n royal A stag which has the antler royal.
    • n royal In artillery, a small mortar.
    • n royal That part of the beard which grows below the under lip and above the point of the chin, especially when the beard around it is shaved. This with the mustache has long formed the trim of the beard most in favor for military men, etc., on the continent of Europe. The term royal prevailed until the second French empire, when the name imperial was given to it, as it was worn by Napoleon III.
    • n royal A writing-paper of the size 19 X 24 inches; also, a printing-paper of the size 20 X 25 inches. A royal folio has a leaf about 12 X 20 inches; a royal quarto is about 10 X 12½ inches; a royal octavo, about 6¼ X 10 inches.
    • n royal A name sometimes given to other regiments in whose title the word royal occurs: as, the King's Royal Rifle Corps; the Royal Scots Fusiliers, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Women were banned by royal decree from using hotel swimming pools in Jidda, Saudi Arabia, in 1979.
    • adj Royal roi′al regal, kingly: magnificent: illustrious: magnanimous: enjoying the favour or patronage of the sovereign: of more than common size or excellence
    • n Royal a large kind of paper (19 by 24 in. for writing-paper, 20 by 25 for printing-paper):
    • n Royal (obs.) a royal person, a king: a gold coin: a sail immediately above the topgallant sail: one of the shoots of a stag's head: a small mortar: a tuft of beard on the lower lip, an imperial
    • ***


  • Sir William Blackstone
    Sir William Blackstone
    “The Royal Navy of England hath ever been its greatest defense and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “The only traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy and the lash.”
  • Dale Carnegie
    “The royal road to a man's heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.”
  • St. Francis De Sales
    “There are no galley-slaves in the royal vessel of divine love -- every man works his oar voluntarily!”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “A goose flies by a chart which the Royal Geographical Society could not mend.”
  • Max Hastings
    Max Hastings
    “If you can't get a job as a pianist in a brothel you become a royal reporter.”


Right royal - (UK) A right royal night out would be an extremely exciting, memorable and fun one.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. roial, riall, real, OF. roial,. reial, F. royal, fr. L. regalis, fr. rex, regis, king. See Rich, and cf. regal real a coin, Rial


In literature:

Do you suppose Mrs. Royall will be willing?
"The Torch Bearer" by I. T. Thurston
The very same day on which it passed the Lords, it received the royal assent, and became the law of the land.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
He was the channel through which the royal favors flowed.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Royal Commission appointed; slanderous rumours circulated against the Royal Commissioners.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2" by Edgerton Ryerson
The royal doorkeeper invited the little white hen to enter the palace and he led her to the royal throne where the king was sitting.
"Fairy Tales from Brazil" by Elsie Spicer Eells
Later he received a more signal token than any of royal confidence.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
He had at once to consider whether he would swear to the Royal Charter.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
In addition to being the governor of the royal dwelling this concierge was the guardian of the royal prisoners.
"Royal Palaces and Parks of France" by Milburg Francisco Mansfield
The Highlanders were devoted to the royal government.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
The royal hospital is located near the royal chapel.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 (Vol 28 of 55)" by Various

In poetry:

There David's greater Son
Has fixed his royal throne,
He sits for grace and judgment there:
He bids the saint be glad,
He makes the sinner sad,
And humble souls rejoice with fear.
"Psalm 122" by Isaac Watts
And there are aching solitary breasts,
Whose widow’d walk with thought of thee is cheer’d,
Our own, our royal Saint: thy memory rests
On many a prayer, the more for thee endear’d.
"King Charles the Martyr" by John Keble
What am I but a King--a King!--
For the royal robes I wear--
A scepter, too, and a signet-ring,
As vassals and serfs declare:
And a voice, god wot, that is equaled not
In the wide world anywhere!
"The Frog" by James Whitcomb Riley
"Here is a royal belt," she cried,
"That I have found in the green sea;
And while your body it is on,
Drawn shall your blood never be;
But if you touch me tail or fin,
I vow my belt your death shall be."
"Kemp Owyne" by Henry Morley
"Here is a royal belt," she cried,
"That I have found in the green sea;
And while your body it is on,
Drawn shall your blood never be;
But if you touch me, tail or fin,
I vow my belt your death shall be."
"Kemp Owyne" by Anonymous British
He stepped in, gave her a kiss,
The royal brand he brought him wi;
Her breath was sweet, her hair grew short,
And twisted nane about the tree,
And smilingly she came about,
As fair a woman as fair could be.
"Kemp Owyne" by Anonymous British

In news:

Royals' system brimming with depth at shortstop.
Royals first-round draft pick Christian Colon visited Kauffman Stadium in 2010.
The Royals have recalled their 2004 first-round draft pick, Billy Butler, from Triple-A Omaha.
Airbus Military will supply a Thales full-flight simulator ( FFS ) for the A400M Atlas airlifter to the UK Royal Air Force in spring 2014, ahead of the aircraft's entry into RAF service in late 2014.
From royal residence to record-breaking art.
Now all Rita Wilson needed was the gown — not to mention a crash course in royal protocol.
President Barack Obama and wife Michelle, while visiting the UK on state business, plan to spend two nights at Buckingham Palace , thanks to their royal hosts.
Maybe the pressure of the royal wedding was getting to him.
US officials deny CIA ever targeted British royal.
View images from Round 1 of the Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.
The Royal Drummers & Dancers of Burundi .
Royal Burundi Drummers, Big Screen Films, Tower of Power.
Royal Drummer and Dancers of Burundi .
Due to budget cuts, The British Ministry of Defence is selling off the Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier "Ark Royal" (Reuters Story).
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov Mitt Romney, shakes hands with Kid Rock at a campaign event at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, Mich.

In science:

IRS acknowledges support from the Royal Society and the Leverhulme Trust.
A Hubble Space Telescope Lensing Survey of X-ray Luminous Galaxy Clusters: IV. Mass, Structure and Thermodynamics of Cluster Cores at z=0.2
Thanks goes also to the Royal Society and Hewlett-Packard, Bristol, for financial support.
From quantum graphs to quantum random walks
The authors would like to thank the EPSRC and the Royal Society (UK) for financial support of this work. E.C.C. wishes to thank CONACyT (M´exico) for financial support.
Detecting the full polarisation state of terahertz transients
PB was supported by a Royal Thai Scholarship and a Victoria University Small Research Grant.
Buchdahl-like transformations for perfect fluid spheres
Besag, “On a system of two-dimensional recurrence equ ations, ” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society.
Information, Energy and Density for Ad Hoc Sensor Networks over Correlated Random Fields: Large Deviations Analysis