royal

Definitions

General English

Information & Library Science

Media Studies

  • noun a size of paper, especially a British size of writing paper 483 x 610 mm/19 x 24 in. or a size of printing paper 508 x 635 mm/20 x 25 in

Military

  • adjective in the service of a king or queen

Politics

  • noun a member of a royal family

Origin & History of “royal”

Royal and regal are ultimately the same word. both go back to the Latin adjective rēgālis, a derivative of rēx ‘king’. But whereas regal was probably borrowed direct from Latin, royal was acquired via Old French, where rēgālis became roial.
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