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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 - a female sovereign ruler
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 ?
If Richelieu made the king, by comparison, seem small, he made royalty great.
"I shall adore God, sir," said Raoul, "respect royalty and ever serve the king.
Retailed at a dollar, on a royalty of fifteen per cent, it would bring him one hundred and fifty dollars.
How could one look at Ahab then, seated on that tripod of bones, without bethinking him of the royalty it symbolized?
The Prince of Saxe Leinitzer kept up still a semblance of royalty in the State which his ancestors had ruled with despotic power.
There the suggestion brought constantly to his mind is, that this place is sacred to a nobler royalty--the royalty of heart and brain.
They seemed not to observe him, but directly, in response to a sign from the commander of the guard, a young lieutenant came toward him with a file of his men following, halted, raised his hand, and gave the military salute, and then said in a low voice that he was sorry to have to disturb a stranger and a gentleman, but the place was sacred to royalty. Then this New Jersey phantom rose up and bowed and begged pardon, then with the officer beside him, the file of men marching behind him, and with every mark of respect, he was escorted to his carriage by the imperial Cent Gardes!
The worship of royalty being founded in unreason, these graceful and harmless cats would easily become as sacred as any other royalties, and indeed more so, because it would presently be noticed that they hanged nobody, beheaded nobody, imprisoned nobody, inflicted no cruelties or injustices of any sort, and so must be worthy of a deeper love and reverence than the customary human king, and would certainly get it.
Though very moderate in my political antipathies and predilections, I confess to some excitement in my own case, declaring that if royalty WAS to be my lot, I would prefer not to ascend any higher on the scale than to become the property of that excellent princess, Amelie, who then presided in the Palais Royal, the daughter and sister of a king, but with as little prospects as desires of becoming a queen in her own person.
During the years he had served as master of fence at the English Court the sons of royalty had learned to thrust and parry and cut as only De Vac could teach the art; and he had been as conscientious in the discharge of his duties as he had been in his unswerving hatred and contempt for his pupils.
As they approached, we paid them all the honours clue to royalty;--manning our yards, firing a salute, and making a prodigious hubbub.
Now as this law, under a modified form, is to this day in force in England; and as it offers in various respects a strange anomaly touching the general law of Fast and Loose-Fish, it is here treated of in a separate chapter, on the same courteous principle that prompts the English railways to be at the expense of a separate car, specially reserved for the accommodation of royalty. In the first place, in curious proof of the fact that the above-mentioned law is still in force, I proceed to lay before you a circumstance that happened within the last two years.