Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: roial, from Latin regalis; REGAL


1 adjective
roy‧al1 S3 W1 [only before noun]
1PGO relating to or belonging to a king or queen [↪ regal]:
the royal palace
the royal family
2 used in the names of organizations that serve or are supported by a king or queen:
the Royal Navy
the Royal College of Music
3 very impressive, as if done for a king or queen:
a royal welcome

the royal 'we'

British EnglishSL the use of the word 'we' instead of 'I' by the Queen or King
royally adverb

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