royal

Your highness! Anything royal has to do with a king or queen. The official announcement a queen makes is a royal declaration. Unofficially, royal can mean fit for a king or queen, like a royal welcome with cake and balloons.

Queen Elizabeth's corgis could be called the royal dogs, and the people who work at Buckingham Palace are the royal staff. Queen Elizabeth herself is royal — when royal describes a person it means someone who's a queen or king or belongs to a monarch's family. You can also use it sarcastically by saying someone’s a royal pain. No royalty necessary.

Primary Meanings of royal

1.
adj
of or relating to or indicative of or issued or performed by a king or queen or other monarch
2.
n
a sail set next above the topgallant on a royal mast
3.
n
stag with antlers of 12 or more branches
Full Definitions of royal
1

adj 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”

adj being of the rank of a monarch

“of royal ancestry”
“princes of the blood royal
Synonyms:
noble
of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times

adj belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler

“treated with royal acclaim”
“the royal carriage of a stag's head”
Synonyms:
imperial, majestic, purple, regal
noble
of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times

adj invested with royal power as symbolized by a crown

“the royal (or crowned) heads of Europe”
Synonyms:
crowned
provided with or as if with a crown or a crown as specified; often used in combination

adj established or chartered or authorized by royalty

“the Royal Society”
2

n a sail set next above the topgallant on a royal mast

Type of:
canvas, canvass, sail, sheet
a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
3

n stag with antlers of 12 or more branches

Synonyms:
royal stag
Type of:
stag
adult male deer

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