Definition of royalty noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈrɔɪəlti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɔɪəlti//
    (pl. royalties) Producing music
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  1. 1[uncountable] one or more members of a royal family The gala evening was attended by royalty and politicians. We were treated like royalty. Hollywood royalty (= very famous film/movie stars) She behaved as if she were in the presence of royalty.
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] a sum of money that is paid to somebody 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. a royalty payment She earns a lot in royalties. See related entries: Producing music
  3. 3[countable, usually plural] a sum of money that is paid by an oil or mining company to the owner of the land that they are working on
  4. Word Originlate 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.
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