royal we

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royal we

n.
The first-person plural pronoun used by a sovereign in formal address to refer to himself or herself.

we

(wi)

pron.pl., poss. our or ours,
1. nominative plural of I.
2. (used to denote oneself and another or others, specifically or generally): We have two children. We often take good health for granted.
3. (used in the predicate following a copulative verb): It is we who should thank you.
4. Also called the royal we. (used by a sovereign or other high officials and dignitaries in place of I in formal speech.)
5. Also called the editorial we . (used by editors, writers, etc., to avoid the personal I or to represent a collective viewpoint.)
6. you (used familiarly, often with mild condescension or sarcasm): We know we've been naughty, don't we?
[before 900; Middle English; Old English wē, c. Old Saxon wī, wē, Old High German wir, Old Norse vēr, Gothic weis]
Translations
nous de majesté
References in periodicals archive ?
Note that de Rachewiltz uses the terms plural of respect (2004: 1332) and pluralis majestatis (742, 839, 926) for occasional cases where a plural nominal or pronominal form is used of a single person.
Juliana also refused to use the pluralis majestatis or royal 'we', preferring to say 'my husband and I'.
The "we" may be as pluralis majestatis or the slip of a slipshod writer giving away the multiple authorship.