Battle royal

Battle royal
Royal Roy"al, a. [OE. roial, riall, real, OF. roial. reial, F. royal, fr. L. regalis, fr. rex, regis, king. See {Rich}, and cf. {regal}, {real} a coin, {Rial}.] 1. Kingly; pertaining to the crown or the sovereign; suitable for a king or queen; regal; as, royal power or prerogative; royal domains; the royal family; royal state. [1913 Webster]

2. Noble; generous; magnificent; princely. [1913 Webster]

How doth that royal merchant, good Antonio? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Under the patronage of royality; holding a charter granted by the sovereign; as, the Royal Academy of Arts; the Royal Society. [1913 Webster]

{Battle royal}. See under {Battle}.

{Royal bay} (Bot.), the classic laurel ({Laurus nobilis}.)

{Royal eagle}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Golden eagle}, under {Golden}.

{Royal fern} (Bot.), the handsome fern {Osmunda regalis}. See {Osmund}.

{Royal mast} (Naut.), the mast next above the topgallant mast and usually the highest on a square-rigged vessel. The royal yard and royal sail are attached to the royal mast.

{Royal metal}, an old name for gold.

{Royal palm} (Bot.), a magnificent West Indian palm tree ({Oreodoxa regia}), lately discovered also in Florida.

{Royal pheasant}. See {Curassow}.

{Royal purple}, an intense violet color, verging toward blue.

{Royal tern} (Zo["o]l.), a large, crested American tern ({Sterna maxima}).

{Royal tiger}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Tiger}.

{Royal touch}, the touching of a diseased person by the hand of a king, with the view of restoring to health; -- formerly extensively practiced, particularly for the scrofula, or king's evil. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Kingly; regal; monarchical; imperial; kinglike; princely; august; majestic; superb; splendid; illustrious; noble; magnanimous. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Battle royal — (plural battles royal) traditionally refers to a fight involving three or more combatants which is fought until only one fighter remains standing. In recent times the term has been used in a more general sense to refer to any fight involving… …   Wikipedia

  • Battle royal — Battle Bat tle, n. [OE. bataille, bataile, F. bataille battle, OF., battle, battalion, fr. L. battalia, battualia, the fighting and fencing exercises of soldiers and gladiators, fr. batuere to strike, beat. Cf. {Battalia}, 1st {Battel}, and see… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Battle Royal — (englisch: Königliche Schlacht) steht für: einen Kampf an dem 3 oder mehr Kämpfer teilnehmen. Es wird dabei solange gekämpft bis nur noch ein Teilnehmer übrig ist. eine Form des Wrestling, siehe Wrestling Matcharten, Abschnitt: Battle Royal ein… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • battle royal — n. pl. battles royal 1. a fight or bout involving several or many contestants; free for all 2. a long, bitterly fought battle 3. a heated dispute …   English World dictionary

  • battle royal — noun a noisy riotous fight • Syn: ↑melee, ↑scrimmage • Hypernyms: ↑disturbance * * * noun (plural battles royal or battle royals) 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • battle royal — pl. battles royal. 1. a fight in which more than two combatants are engaged. 2. a heated argument: After a while the discussion turned into a battle royal. [1665 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • battle royal — noun (plural battles royal or battle royals) Date: 1671 1. a. a fight participated in by more than two combatants; especially one in which the last man in the ring or on his feet is declared the winner b. a violent struggle 2. a heated dispute …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • battle royal — Synonyms and related words: action, aerial combat, affray, armored combat, battle, brush, bullfight, clash, clash of arms, cockfight, combat, conflict, dogfight, embroilment, exchange of blows, fight, fire fight, fray, ground combat, hand to hand …   Moby Thesaurus

  • battle royal — huge battle; fight with many warriors; battle to the death …   English contemporary dictionary

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