What does royal mean?

Definitions for royal
ˈrɔɪ əlroy·al

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word royal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. royalnoun

    a sail set next above the topgallant on a royal mast

  2. royal, royal stagadjective

    stag with antlers of 12 or more branches

  3. royaladjective

    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"

  4. royaladjective

    established or chartered or authorized by royalty

    "the Royal Society"

  5. royaladjective

    being of the rank of a monarch

    "of royal ancestry"; "princes of the blood royal"

  6. imperial, majestic, purple, regal, royaladjective

    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"

  7. royaladjective

    invested with royal power as symbolized by a crown

    "the royal (or crowned) heads of Europe"


  1. royalnoun

    A royal person; a member of a royal family.

  2. royalnoun

    A standard printing-paper size measuring 25 inches x 20 inches.

  3. royalnoun

    A former name for the Australian decimal currency (later dollar).

  4. royalnoun

    The fourth tine of an antler's beam.

  5. royalnoun

    In large sailing ships, square sail over the topgallant sail.

  6. royaladjective

    Having the air or demeanour of a monarch.

  7. Royalnoun

    someone connected with Reading Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.

  8. Royalnoun

    A person in a royal family, as the Prince of Wales.

  9. Royalnoun

    from the surname, or from the word "royal".

  10. Royaladjective

    Alternative form of royal

  11. royaladjective

    Of or relating to a monarch or their family.

  12. royaladjective

    Having the air or demeanour of a monarch; illustrious; magnanimous; of more than common size or excellence.

    How doth that royal merchant, good Antonio?

  13. royaladjective

    In large sailing ships, of a mast right above the topgallant mast and its sails.

    royal mast;  royal sail

  14. royaladjective

    Free-for-all, especially involving multiple combatants.

  15. royaladjective

    Used as an intensifier.

    a royal pain in the neck

  16. Etymology: From Middle English royal, from Old French roial (Modern French royal), from Latin rēgālis, from rēx ("king"). Doublet of regal ("befitting a king") and real ("unit of currency"). Cognate with Spanish real.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


  1. royal

    Royal refers to a person, object or status related or belonging to a monarch, their family, or their reign; such as a king, queen, or emperor. It can imply grandeur, majesty, or superiority. The term can also be used to describe something established or chartered by a monarch or something in the direct service of a monarch.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Royaladjective

    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

  2. Royaladjective

    noble; generous; magnificent; princely

  3. Royaladjective

    under the patronage of royality; holding a charter granted by the sovereign; as, the Royal Academy of Arts; the Royal Society

  4. Royalnoun

    printing and writing papers of particular sizes. See under paper, n

  5. Royalnoun

    a small sail immediately above the topgallant sail

  6. Royalnoun

    one of the upper or distal branches of an antler, as the third and fourth tynes of the antlers of a stag

  7. Royalnoun

    a small mortar

  8. Royalnoun

    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

  9. Royalnoun

    an old English coin. See Rial


  1. Royal

    A royal is a small sail flown immediately above the topgallant on square rigged sailing ships. It was originally called the "topgallant royal" and was used in light and favorable winds. Royal sails were normally found only on larger ships with masts tall enough to accommodate the extra canvas. Royals were introduced around the turn of the 18th century, but were not usually flown on the mizzenmast until the end of that century. It gave its name to a Dutch term for a light breeze—the Royal Sail Breeze or bovenbramzeilskoelte was a Force 2 wind on the Beaufort Scale.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Royal

    roi′al, adj. regal, kingly: magnificent: illustrious: magnanimous: enjoying the favour or patronage of the sovereign: of more than common size or excellence.—n. a large kind of paper (19 by 24 in. for writing-paper, 20 by 25 for printing-paper): (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.—n. Roy′alet, a petty king.—v.t. Roy′alise (Shak.), to make royal.—ns. Roy′alism, attachment to kings or to kingly government; Roy′alist, an adherent of royalism: a cavalier during the English civil war: in American history, an adherent of the British government: in French history, a supporter of the Bourbons—also adj.adv. Roy′ally.—n. Roy′al-mast, the fourth and highest part of the mast from the deck, commonly made in one piece with the topgallant mast.—adj. Roy′al-rich (Tenn.), rich as a king.—n. Roy′alty, kingship: the character, state, or office of a king: majesty: the person of the king or sovereign: fixed sum paid to the Crown or other proprietor, as on the produce of a mine, &c.: kingdom: royal authority: a royal domain: (Scot.) the bounds of a royal burgh.—Royal bounty, a fund from which the sovereign grants money to the female relatives of officers who die of wounds; Royal cashmere, a thin material of pure wool; Royal fern (Osmunda regalis), the most striking of British ferns; Royal horned caterpillar, a large bombycid moth of the United States; Royal household, the body of persons in the service of the sovereign.—The Royals, a name formerly given to the first regiment of foot in the British army. [Fr.,—L. regalis, regal.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. royal

    The name of a light sail spread immediately next above the top-gallant sail, to whose yard-arms the lower corners of it are attached; it used to be termed top-gallant royal, and is never used but in fine weather. Also, the name of a small mortar.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. royal

    A small mortar which carries a shell whose diameter is 5.5 inches. It is mounted on a bed the same as other mortars.

  2. royal

    In England, one of the soldiers of the first regiment of foot, called the Royals, and supposed to be the oldest regular corps in Europe.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ROYAL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Royal is ranked #2319 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Royal surname appeared 15,755 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname Royal.

    51.8% or 8,167 total occurrences were White.
    40.8% or 6,433 total occurrences were Black.
    3.1% or 501 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.7% or 436 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 129 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 88 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'royal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #626

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'royal' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1709

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'royal' in Adjectives Frequency: #78

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of royal in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of royal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of royal in a Sentence

  1. Spun Gold:

    When the royal family was writing these blueprints for royal brides, Meghan couldn’t have been further from their original idea, it was blonde, English roses from aristocratic families. [Harry’s older brother] William bent that rule by marrying a girl from a much more middle-class family. Britain's Prince Harry poses with Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace, London, on Nov. 27, 2017. (Reuters) And Harry is taking it a stage further… History proves with the most recent royal wives of Windsor that if you don’t stay in your lane, you can fall down. Diana became the star and that marriage didn’t work. Fergie was fun, free loving and a breath of fresh air. But that didn’t work.

  2. Prince Phillip:

    What do you gargle with? Pebbles? (to singer Tom Jones after a 1969 Royal Variety performance)

  3. Spun Gold:

    This is a very horse-driven family, diana didn’t go well with horses. That was the beginning of that fairy tale not ending terribly well. Sophie, Countess of Wessex who is married to the queen’s youngest son, had to learn how to ride. You have to like horses to ride with the queen. And so much of the royal diary is built around the equestrian world… One of the most important events from the queen’s diary for the whole year is the Royal Windsor Horse Show. And that will be happening on the weekend before the royal wedding… The queen has never, ever missed it. It’s really important to her.

  4. Robert Massey:

    Unlike stars, Royal Astronomical Society won't twinkle, even when Royal Astronomical Society's low down, Royal Astronomical Society will look pretty steady, and Royal Astronomical Society will make Royal Astronomical Society stand out. You'll need a good clear southern horizon to see it.

  5. William Shakespeare:

    This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.

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