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roy•al•ty



Pronunciation: (roi'ul-tē), [key]
n.,
pl. -ties.

1. royal persons collectively.
2. royal status, dignity, or power; sovereignty: to be elevated to royalty.
3. a person of royal lineage; member of a royal family.
4. royalties, Archaic.prerogatives, rights, or symbolic emblems of a king, queen, or other sovereign.
5. a royal domain; kingdom; realm.
6. character or quality proper to or befitting a sovereign; nobility.
7. a compensation or portion of the proceeds paid to the owner of a right, as a patent or oil or mineral right, for the use of it.
8. an agreed portion of the income from a work paid to its author, composer, etc., usually a percentage of the retail price of each copy sold.
9. a royal right, as over minerals, granted by a sovereign to a person or corporation.
10. the payment made for such a right.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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