AskDefine | Define royalty

Dictionary Definition



1 payment to the holder of a patent or copyright or resource for the right to use their property; "he received royalties on his book"
2 royal persons collectively; "the wedding was attended by royalty" [syn: royal family, royal line, royal house]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. a monarchs or other people of royal rank, plus their families, treated as a group
  2. the rank, status, power or authority of a monarch
  3. a royal right or prerogative, such as the exploitation of a natural resource; the granting of such a right; payment received for such a right
  4. The payment received by an owner of real property for exploitation of mineral rights on his property.
  5. In the context of "by extension": payment made to a writer, composer, inventor etc for the sale or use of intellectual property, invention etc.
  6. In the context of "poker|slang": A king and a queen as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em


Extensive Definition

Royalty may refer to:
  • A royal family (by extension the ruling house of any monarchy, regardless of the title), or one or more of its members
  • Royalties, the payment made (originally to the licensing crown) for a concession of commercial value (e.g. mining rights) or to the owner of a copyright, patent, trademark or know-how for its use
  • Royalty Records, a record label
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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