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English definition of “royal”


adjective     /ˈrɔɪ.əl/
B2 (written abbreviation R) belonging or connected to a king or queen or a member of their family: the royal family a royal visitRoyalty, aristocracy and titles good or excellent, as if intended for or typical of royalty: The team was given a royal reception/welcome.Informal words for goodGood, better and bestQuite good, or not very good mainly US big or great: a royal pain/a royal messBig and quite bigEnormous
(Definition of royal adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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