Meaning of ROYALTY in English

/ ˈrɔɪəlti; NAmE / noun ( pl. -ies )


[ U ] one or more members of a royal family :

The gala evening was attended by royalty and politicians.

We were treated like royalty.


[ C , usually pl. ] a sum of money that is paid to sb who has written a book, piece of music, etc. each time that it is sold or performed :

All royalties from the album will go to charity.

She received £2 000 in royalties .


[ C , usually pl. ] a sum of money that is paid by an oil or mining company to the owner of the land that they are working on



late Middle English : from Old French roialte , from roial , from Latin regalis regal. The sense royal right (especially over minerals) (late 15th cent.) developed into the sense payment made by a mineral producer to the site owner (mid 19th cent.), which was then transferred to payments for the use of patents and published materials.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.