Definition of Royalty

1. Noun. Payment to the holder of a patent or copyright or resource for the right to use their property. "He received royalties on his book"

Generic synonyms: Payment

2. Noun. Royal persons collectively. "The wedding was attended by royalty"

Definition of Royalty

1. n. The state of being royal; the condition or quality of a royal person; kingship; kingly office; sovereignty.

Definition of Royalty

1. Noun. The rank, status, power or authority of a monarch. ¹

2. Noun. People of royal rank, plus their families, treated as a group. ¹

3. Noun. A royal right or prerogative, such as the exploitation of a natural resource; the granting of such a right; payment received for such a right ¹

4. Noun. The payment received by an owner of real property for exploitation of mineral rights on his property. ¹

5. Noun. (context: by extension) payment made to a writer, composer, inventor etc for the sale or use of intellectual property, invention etc. ¹

6. Noun. (context: poker slang) A king and a queen as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em ¹

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Definition of Royalty

1. the status or power of a monarch [n -TIES]

Medical Definition of Royalty

1. 1. The state of being royal; the condition or quality of a royal person; kingship; kingly office; sovereignty. "Royalty by birth was the sweetest way of majesty." (Holyday) 2. The person of a king or sovereign; majesty; as, in the presence of royalty. "For thus his royalty doth speak." (Shak) 3. An emblem of royalty; usually in the plural, meaning regalia. "Wherefore do I assume These royalties, and not refuse to reign?" (Milton) 4. Kingliness; spirit of regal authority. "In his royalty of nature Reigns that which would be fear'd." (Shak) 5. Domain; province; sphere. 6. That which is due to a sovereign, as a seigniorage on gold and silver coined at the mint, metals taken from mines, etc.; the tax exacted in lieu of such share; imperiality. 7. A share of the product or profit (as of a mine, forest, etc), reserved by the owner for permitting another to use the property. 8. Hence, a duty paid by a manufacturer to the owner of a patent or a copyright at a certain rate for each article manufactured; or, a percentage paid to the owner of an article by one who hires the use of it. Origin: OF. Roialte, royaulte, F. Royaute. See Royal, and cf. Regality. (11 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Royalty

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Literary usage of Royalty

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1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1920)
"He had previously conveyed away one half of his royalty. This all occurred before discovery or production of oil. Not quite a year after the date of his ..."

2. The History of Civilization: From the Fall of the Roman Empire to the French by Guizot (François), M. Guizot, William Hazlitt (1856)
"State of royalty after the reign of Saint Louis—In right it was neither absolute nor limited—In fact, incessantly combated, and yet far superior to every ..."

3. The History of Civilization: From the Fall of the Roman Empire to the French by Guizot (François), M. Guizot, William Hazlitt (1856)
"Causes and limits of its weakness—Uncertainty of its character and its principles—New character of royalty under Louis VI.—It disengages itself from the ..."

4. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"151. upon payment of a royalty. In 1884 (August and September) definitive arrangements were made between the post- office and the telephonic companies, ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"The payment of the royalty in June, 1876, was in full for the use of the Rice machine as well as the Morgan machines. Upon the foregoing facts, ..."

6. Mark Twain: A Biography : the Personal and Literary Life of Samuel Langhorne by Albert Bigelow Paine (1912)
"... but this was royalty—English royalty—paying a tribute to an American writer whom neither the Marquis nor the Princess, his wife, had ever seen. ..."

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