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n. pl. roy·al·ties
a. A person of royal rank or lineage.
b. Monarchs and their families considered as a group.
2. The lineage or rank of a monarch.
3. The power, status, or authority of a monarch.
4. Royal quality or bearing.
5. A kingdom or possession ruled by a monarch.
6. A right or prerogative of the crown, as that of receiving a percentage of the proceeds from mines in the royal domain.
a. The granting of a right by a monarch to a corporation or an individual to exploit specified natural resources.
b. The payment for such a right.
a. A share paid to a writer or composer out of the proceeds resulting from the sale or performance of his or her work.
b. A share in the proceeds paid to an inventor or a proprietor for the right to use his or her invention or services.
9. A share of the profit or product reserved by the grantor, especially of an oil or mining lease. Also called override.


n, pl -ties
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the rank, power, or position of a king or queen
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. royal persons collectively
b. one who belongs to the royal family
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) any quality characteristic of a monarch; kingliness or regal dignity
4. (Banking & Finance) a percentage of the revenue from the sale of a book, performance of a theatrical work, use of a patented invention or of land, etc, paid to the author, inventor, or proprietor


(ˈrɔɪ əl ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. royal persons collectively.
2. royal status, dignity, or power; sovereignty.
3. a person of royal lineage; member of a royal family.
4. Usu., royalties. prerogatives or rights of a sovereign.
5. a royal domain; kingdom; realm.
6. character or quality proper to or befitting a sovereign; nobility.
7. a compensation or portion of the proceeds paid to the owner of a right, as a patent or oil or mineral right, for the use of it.
8. an agreed portion of the income from a work paid to its author, composer, etc., usu. a percentage of the retail price of each copy sold.
9. a royal right, as over minerals, granted by a sovereign to a person or corporation.
10. the payment made for such a right.
[1350–1400; Middle English roialte < Old French. See royal, -ty2]


 royal persons collectively, 1480.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.royalty - payment to the holder of a patent or copyright or resource for the right to use their propertyroyalty - payment to the holder of a patent or copyright or resource for the right to use their property; "he received royalties on his book"
payment - a sum of money paid or a claim discharged
2.royalty - royal persons collectivelyroyalty - royal persons collectively; "the wedding was attended by royalty"
house - aristocratic family line; "the House of York"
Hanoverian line, House of Hanover, Hanover - the English royal house that reigned from 1714 to 1901 (from George I to Victoria)
Habsburg, Hapsburg - a royal German family that provided rulers for several European states and wore the crown of the Holy Roman Empire from 1440 to 1806
Hohenzollern - a German noble family that ruled Brandenburg and Prussia
House of Lancaster, Lancastrian line, Lancaster - the English royal house that reigned from 1399 to 1461; its emblem was a red rose
Plantagenet, Plantagenet line - the family name of a line of English kings that reigned from 1154 to 1485
Romanoff, Romanov - the Russian imperial line that ruled from 1613 to 1917
Saxe-Coburg-Gotha - the name of the royal family that ruled Great Britain from 1901-1917; the name was changed to Windsor in 1917 in response to anti-German feelings in World War I
Stuart - the royal family that ruled Scotland from 1371-1714 and ruled England from 1603 to 1649 and again from 1660 to 1714
House of York, York - the English royal house (a branch of the Plantagenet line) that reigned from 1461 to 1485; its emblem was a white rose
Highness - (Your Highness or His Highness or Her Highness) title used to address a royal person
king, male monarch, Rex - a male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom
prince - a male member of a royal family other than the sovereign (especially the son of a sovereign)
princess - a female member of a royal family other than the queen (especially the daughter of a sovereign)
female monarch, queen regnant, queen - a female sovereign ruler
queen - the wife or widow of a king
عَوائِد المُؤَلِّفمَلَكِيَّه
autorský honorářkrálovská rodina / hodnost
medlem af kongehuset
szerzõi jogdíj
höfundarlaunkonungdómur, kóngafólk
autorský honorárkráľovská hodnosťkráľovská rodina
krallıkyapıt/telif hakkı


[ˈrɔɪəltɪ] N
1.realeza f, familia f real
in the presence of royaltyestando presente un miembro de la familia real, en presencia de la realeza
a shop patronized by royaltyuna tienda que visita la familia real, una tienda donde la familia real hace compras
2. (= payment) (also royalties) (on books) → derechos mpl de autor; (gen) → regalías fpl, royalti(e)s mpl (LAm)


n (= member of royal family) → membre mf de la famille royale (= members of royal family) → membres mpl de la famille royale royalties
npl (= payment) (to author)droits mpl d'auteur; (to songwriter, composer)royalties fpl; (to inventor)royalties fpl
in royalties → en royalties
He makes a reputed £250,000 a year in royalties alone → On dit qu'il se fait 250 000 livres par an uniquement en royalties.Royal Ulster Constabulary n (British) the Royal Ulster Constabulary la police de l'Irlande du Nord


(= dignity, rank)das Königtum; (collectively: = royal persons) → das Königshaus, die königliche Familie; symbols of royaltyWahrzeichen plder Königswürde; he’s royaltyer gehört zur königlichen Familie
royalties pl (→ auf +acc) (from book, records) → Tantiemen pl; (from patent) → Patent- or Lizenzgebühren pl


[ˈrɔɪltɪ] n
a. (people) → reali mpl
b. (payment) (also royalties) → diritti mpl d'autore; (from oil well, to inventor) → royalty f inv


(ˈroiəl) adjective
1. of, concerning etc a king, queen etc. the royal family; His Royal Highness Prince Charles.
2. magnificent. a royal feast.
ˈroyally adverb
ˈroyalist noun
a person who supports a king or queen. The republicans fought the royalists.
ˈroyaltyplural ˈroyalties noun
1. a payment made to a writer, recording artist etc for every book, record etc sold.
2. the state of being royal, or royal people in general. The commands of royalty must be obeyed.
royal blue
(of) a bright, darkish blue. a royal-blue dress.
References in classic literature ?
You see, the royalties of the Pen- dragon stock were a long-lived race and very fruitful.
The amphitheatre was packed, from the bull-ring to the highest row - twelve thousand people in one circling mass, one slanting, solid mass - royalties, nobles, clergy, ladies, gentlemen, state officials, generals, admirals, soldiers, sailors, lawyers, thieves, merchants, brokers, cooks, housemaids, scullery-maids, doubtful women, dudes, gamblers, beggars, loafers, tramps, American ladies, gentlemen, preachers, English ladies, gentlemen, preachers, German ditto, French ditto, and so on and so on, all the world represented: Spaniards to admire and praise, foreigners to enjoy and go home and find fault - there they were, one solid, sloping, circling sweep of rippling and flashing color under the downpour of the summer sun - just a garden, a gaudy, gorgeous flower-garden
Wherefore do I assume These Royalties, and not refuse to Reign, Refusing to accept as great a share Of hazard as of honour, due alike To him who Reigns, and so much to him due Of hazard more, as he above the rest High honourd sits?
She brought me up to royalties, and people with stars and garters, and elderly ladies with gigantic tiaras and parrot noses.
He agreed to take part of the royalties in stock, when any local company preferred to pay its debts in this way.
The Lovell Mingotts had sent out cards for what was known as "a formal dinner" (that is, three extra footmen, two dishes for each course, and a Roman punch in the middle), and had headed their invitations with the words "To meet the Countess Olenska," in accordance with the hospitable American fashion, which treats strangers as if they were royalties, or at least as their ambassadors.
Anything more awe-inspiring than the spectacle of this long line of departed royalties (there were twenty-seven of them, the last being Ignosi's father), wrapped, each of them, in a shroud of ice-like spar, through which the features could be dimly discovered, and seated round that inhospitable board, with Death himself for a host, it is impossible to imagine.
Then we would speak of this publisher and of that, comparing the generosity of one with the meanness of another; we would argue whether it was better to go to one who gave handsome royalties or to another who "pushed" a book for all it was worth.
By a miracle of persuasion Upjohn had persuaded him to give ten pounds in advance of royalties.
When Martin asked for an advance on royalties, they wrote that such was not their custom, that books of that nature rarely paid for themselves, and that they doubted if his book would sell a thousand copies.
It was during this period that he perfected the improved ignition device for gas- engines, the royalties from which ultimately made him wealthy.
Also, his earnings were added to by the royalties from the small sales of his own economic and philosophic works.