1. Kingly; pertaining to the crown or the sovereign; suitable for a king or queen; regal; as, royal power or prerogative; royal domains; the royal family; royal state.

2. Noble; generous; magnificent; princely. "How doth that royal merchant, good Antonio?" (Shak)

3. Under the patronage of royality; holding a charter granted by the sovereign; as, the Royal Academy of Arts; the Royal Society. Battle royal. See Battle.

3. <zoology> One of the upper or distal branches of an antler, as the third and fourth tynes of the antlers of a stag.

Synonyms: Kingly, regal, monarchical, imperial, kinglike, princely, august, majestic, superb, splendid, illustrious, noble, magnanimous.

Origin: OE. Roial, riall, real, OF. Roial. Reial, F. Royal, fr. L. Regalis, fr. Rex, regis, king. See Rich, and cf. Regal, real a coin, Rial.

(11 Mar 1998)