Roy·al·ty n.; pl. Royalties
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. [Obs.]
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 Com., 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.
n 1: payment to the holder of a patent or copyright or resource
for the right to use their property; "he received
royalties on his book"
2: royal persons collectively; "the wedding was attended by
royalty" [syn: royal family, royal line, royal house]