Meaning of “royal” in the English Dictionary

"royal" in British English

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royaladjective

uk /ˈrɔɪ.əl/ us /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 visit

good or excellent, as if intended for or typical of royalty:

The team was given a royal reception/welcome.

mainly US big or great:

a royal pain/a royal mess

More examples

  • Few of the Western democracies still have a royal family.
  • His wife was of royal ancestry.
  • Photographers jostled and shoved to get a better view of the royal couple.
  • Can you see Prince Charles in the royal box?
  • Tomorrow's edition will include a centre-spread on the Spanish royal family.

royalnoun [ C usually plural ]

uk /ˈrɔɪ.əl/ us /ˈrɔɪ.əl/ informal

(Definition of “royal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"royal" in American English

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royaladjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈrɔɪ·əl/

belonging or connected to a king or queen:

Sweden’s royal family

(Definition of “royal” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)