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royalty

noun uk   /ˈrɔɪ.əl.ti/  us   /-t̬i/

royalty noun (RULERS)

[U, + sing/pl verb] the people who belong to the family of a king and queen: She believes she's related to royalty.
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royalty noun (PAYMENT)

[C usually plural] a payment made to writers, people who have invented things, owners of property, etc. every time their books, devices, land, etc. are bought or used by others
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