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"royalty" in British English

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royaltynoun

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 ​timetheirbooks, ​devices, ​land, etc. are ​bought or used by ​others
(Definition of royalty from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"royalty" in American English

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royaltynoun

 us   /ˈrɔɪ·əl·ti/
  • royalty noun (PEOPLE)

[U] kings or ​queens and ​theirfamilies as a ​group, or the ​rank or ​power of these ​people: They ​treated her like royalty.
  • royalty noun (PAYMENT)

[C usually pl] a ​payment made esp. to writers and ​musicians every ​timetheirbooks or ​songs are ​bought or used by ​others
(Definition of royalty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"royalty" in Business English

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royaltynoun [C, usually plural]

uk   us   /ˈrɔɪəlti/ (plural royalties)
FINANCE a ​payment made to a ​writer, musician, inventor, etc. every ​time something they have ​created or ​invented is ​bought or used by others: Gross royalties from university ​inventionsdropped from $23.1 million to $16.8 million. a royalty ​payment Internet radio ​companiesreached a 10-year music royalty ​agreement with ​copyrightholders.
FINANCE, NATURAL RESOURCES, PROPERTY an ​amount of ​moneypaid to ​landowners when ​oil, coal, etc. is taken from their ​land
(Definition of royalty from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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