I. adjective Etymology: Middle English roial, from Anglo-French real, roial, from Latin regalis, from reg-, rex king; akin to Old Irish (genitive rīg) king, Sanskrit rājan, Latin regere to rule — more at right Date: 14th century 1. a. of kingly ancestry <
the royal family
b. of, relating to, or subject to the crown <
the royal estates
c. being in the crown's service <
Royal Air Force
2. a. suitable for royalty ; magnificent b. requiring no exertion ; easy <
there is no royal road to logic — Justus Buchler
3. a. of superior size, magnitude, or quality <
a patronage of royal dimensions — J. H. Plumb
— often used as an intensive <
a royal pain
b. established or chartered by the crown 4. of, relating to, or being a part (as a mast, sail, or yard) next above the topgallant • royally adverb II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a person of royal blood 2. a small sail on the royal mast immediately above the topgallant sail 3. a stag of 8 years or more having antlers with at least 12 points

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