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Roy"al*ty (?), n.; pl. Royalties (#). [OF. roialt'e, royault'e, F. royaut'e. See Royal, and cf. Regality.]


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.


The person of a king or sovereign; majesty; as, in the presence of royalty.

For thus his royalty doth speak. Shak.


An emblem of royalty; -- usually in the plural, meaning regalia.


Wherefore do I assume These royalties, and not refuse to reign? Milton.


Kingliness; spirit of regal authority.

In his royalty of nature Reigns that which would be fear'd. Shak.


Domain; province; sphere.

Sir W. Scott.


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.


A share of the product or profit (as of a mine, forest, etc.), reserved by the owner for permitting another to use the property.


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.


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