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Roy Thomson
➡ Thomson (II) * * *
Roy, Arundhati
▪ 1999       In 1998 Indian author Arundhati Roy rocked the literary world with her Booker Prize-winning debut novel, The God of Small Things, which was released in ...
Roy, Camille
▪ Canadian literary critic in full  Joseph Camille Roy  born Oct. 22, 1870, Berthier-en-Bas, Que., Can. died June 24, 1943, Quebec  critic and literary historian, noted as ...
Roy, Gabrielle
▪ Canadian novelist married name  Gabrielle Carbotte  born March 25, 1909, St. Boniface, Man., Can. died July 13, 1983, Quebec  French Canadian novelist praised for her ...
Roy, Jamini
born April 15, 1887, Baliatore, India died April 24, 1972, Calcutta Indian artist. In the late 1920s and early '30s he rejected his academic training and instead developed a ...
Roy, Manabendra Nath
▪ Indian politician original name Narendranath Bhattacharya born Feb. 22?, 1887, Arbelia, India died Jan. 25, 1954, Dehra Dūn       leader of India's Communists until ...
Roy, Pankaj Khirod
▪ 2002       Indian cricketer (b. May 31, 1928, Calcutta [Kolkata], India—d. Feb. 4, 2001, Kolkata), was a solid opening batsman for Bengal (1946–68) and India ...
Roy, Ram Mohun
born May 22, 1772, Radhanagar, Bengal, India died Sept. 27, 1833, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Eng. Indian religious, social, and political reformer. Born to a prosperous Brahman ...
—royally, adv. /roy"euhl/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a king, queen, or other sovereign: royal power; a royal palace. 2. descended from or related to a king or line of kings: ...
Royal Academy
a society founded in 1768 by George III of England for the establishment of a school of design and the holding of an annual exhibition of the works of living artists. * * *
Royal Academy of Arts
➡ Royal Academy * * * Britain's national academy of art. It was founded in 1768 by George III. Its first president (1768–92) was Joshua Reynolds. The number of its members, ...
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
(abbr RADA) a college in central London, England, for training professional actors. It was established in 1904 by the actor Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, and contains the Vanbrugh ...
Royal Academy of Music
a college for the study of music in Marylebone, London, England. It was established in 1822 and is London’s oldest music college. Compare Royal College of Music. * * *
Royal Air Force
(abbr the RAF) ➡ note at armed forces. * * *
Royal Air Force (RAF)
Armed service charged with the air defense of Britain and other international defense obligations. It originated in 1911, when an air battalion of the Royal Engineers was formed ...
Royal Air Force Museum
▪ museum, London, United Kingdom       in the United Kingdom, national museum dedicated to the story of flight and aerial warfare, with a special emphasis on the ...
Royal Air Force, The
▪ British air force  youngest of the three British armed services, charged with the air defense of the United Kingdom and the fulfillment of international defense ...
Royal Albert Hall
➡ Albert Hall. * * * ▪ art centre, London, United Kingdom in full  Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences,   concert hall in the City of Westminster (Westminster, City ...
Royal and Ancient
a golf club established in 1754 at St Andrews, Scotland. It is recognized as the world’s leading authority on the rules of golf (except in the US). It also organizes The Open ...
Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews
▪ British sports organization byname  R&A   one of the world's oldest and most influential golf organizations; formed in 1754 by 22 “noblemen and gentlemen” at St. ...
Royal Anne
a variety of sweet cherry having yellow fruit tinged with red. [1895-1900] * * *
royal antelope
▪ mammal       a hare-sized denizen of West Africa's lowland rainforest and the world's smallest antelope. The similar dwarf antelope (Neotragus batesi) is only ...
royal antler
the third prong from the base of a stag's antler. Also called tres-tine, trez-tine. See diag. under antler. [1840-50] * * *
Royal Armoured Corps
(abbr the RAC) a division of the British Army formed in 1939 to combine all the units using armoured vehicles (= tanks or other heavily protected and armed vehicles). It also ...
Royal Armouries
▪ armour and weapons collection, Tower of London, London, United Kingdom also called  National Museum of Arms and Armour,         in the United Kingdom, a collection ...
royal arms
n [pl] the personal symbol of the British king or queen, consisting of a lion and a unicorn holding a shield, on which other symbols represent England, Scotland and Ireland. The ...
Royal Artillery
(abbr the RA) a division of the British Army, formed in 1716, whose main weapons are large guns and missiles for shooting at enemy soldiers, aircraft, etc. * * *
Royal Ascot
(also Ascot) a fashionable British horse-racing event held at Ascot each year in June. Members of the royal family attend some of the races, and many people go there for social ...
royal assent
n [sing] the final stage that a British Act of Parliament must go through to become law, when it is signed by the king or queen. * * *
Royal Astronomical Society
▪ British science society       British scientific society founded in 1820 to promote astronomical research. Its headquarters are located in Burlington House, near ...
Royal Automobile Club
(abbr the RAC) a British club for drivers of motor vehicles. It offers various services to its members, especially help when their vehicles break down. It developed from a club ...
Royal Ballet
the national ballet company of Britain. It was formed from a company started in 1931 by Ninette de Valois and became the Royal Ballet in 1956. Its famous dancers in the years ...
Royal Bank of Canada
▪ bank, Canada       Canadian commercial banking company with foreign subsidiaries and affiliates. Headquarters are in Montreal.       The bank was incorporated ...
Royal Bank of Scotland
the largest Scottish bank, established in 1727. It is part of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, which also owns NatWest. * * *
Royal Bank of Scotland Group
▪ Scottish bank and financial services company       in the United Kingdom, a bank and financial services company that became one of the largest in Europe through its ...
royal blue
a deep blue, often with a faint reddish tinge. [1810-20] * * *
Royal Botanic Garden
▪ garden, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom       botanical garden in Edinburgh, internationally famous for its beautiful landscaping. The garden, of 62 acres (25 ...
Royal Botanic Gardens
▪ garden, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia       state-supported botanical garden in Sydney, Australia. Officially established in 1816, it is the oldest such garden ...
Royal Botanic Gardens and National Herbarium of Victoria
▪ garden, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia       one of the world's best-designed botanical gardens, located in South Yarra, near Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1845, ...
Royal British Legion
➡ British Legion. * * *
Royal Canadian
in the service of the Canadian federal government and the British monarch: Royal Canadian Air Force; Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Also, royal Canadian. [1925-30] * * *
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
or Mounties Federal police force of Canada. It is also the criminal and provincial force in all provinces except Ontario and Quebec and the only force in the Yukon, Northwest, ...
royal charter
n an award given by the British Privy Council to certain organizations or institutions which are recognized as the leading authorities in their field. Organizations with royal ...
royal coachman
Angling. a type of artificial fly, used chiefly for trout and salmon. * * *
Royal College of Art
a college for the study of art, in central London, England, established in 1837. Many famous British artists studied there in the 1950s and 1960s, including David Hockney and ...
Royal College of Music
a college for the study of music in Kensington, London, England, established in 1883. The college has a museum of musical instruments. Compare Royal Academy of Music. * * *
Royal College of Nursing
Britain’s largest trade union for nurses, which also provides education for its members at the Royal College of Nursing Institute in London. * * *
Royal College of Physicians
a professional organization for doctors in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, first formed in 1518. Its equivalents in Scotland are the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh ...
royal colony
1. a colony ruled or administered by officials appointed by and responsible to the reigning sovereign of the parent state. 2. Amer. Hist. a colony, as New York, administered by a ...
Royal Commission
n a group of people appointed by the British government to investigate and report on a particular matter. For example, the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice (1993) recommended ...
Royal Copenhagen porcelain
▪ ware       ware produced by the Royal Porcelain Factory, Copenhagen, from 1775 to the present day. The factory was founded by a chemist, Frantz Heinrich Müller, who ...
Royal Court Theatre
a theatre in south-west London, England, established in 1870. It is known for its performances of modern plays, particularly by the English Stage Company. * * *
Royal Courts of Justice
➡ Law Courts. * * * ▪ building, London, United Kingdom also called  Law Courts,    in London, complex of courtrooms, halls, and offices concerned primarily with civil ...
Royal Crescent
a long curved street in the town of Bath, south-west England, with a continuous row of houses on one side and a large open area on the other. It was designed in 1767–75 by John ...
Royal Danish Ballet
▪ Danish ballet company       ballet troupe founded as the resident company of the Royal Theatre of Copenhagen in 1748. It was developed principally by the ballet ...
Royal Doulton{™}
an English company that makes pottery and porcelain (= hard, white, shiny material made by baking a type of fine clay). It was started in London in the early 19th century by John ...
royal dukes
➡ duke * * *
Royal Dutch/Shell Group
Multinational corporate group owned by Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. of The Hague and Shell Transport and Trading Co., PLC, of London. The two parent companies began as rivals. In ...
Royal Enclosure
a special area of the grounds at Royal Ascot, a famous British horse-racing event. People are only allowed in if they have a ticket, and there are strict rules about dress. Men ...
Royal Engineers
(abbr the RE) a division of the British Army, formed in 1717, which deals with engineering tasks such as building bridges, etc. * * *
Royal Exchange
a theatre in Manchester, England, built in the city’s old cotton exchange (= a large circular trading hall). The theatre reopened in 1998 after it was damaged by an IRA bomb in ...
royal family
the immediate family of a reigning monarch. * * *
royal fern
a coarse fern, Osmunda regalis, having tall, upright fronds. [1770-80] * * *
Royal Festival Hall
(also the Festival Hall) a large concert hall on the South Bank of the Thames in London. It was opened in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain. Since then various other ...
Royal Film Performance
an event held each year in London, England, in which a new film is shown for the first time before an audience including members of the royal family. Money from the event goes to ...
royal fizz
a beverage consisting of gin, lemon juice, sugar, and an egg. * * *
royal flush
Poker. the five highest cards of a suit. [1865-70] * * *
Royal Flying Corps
(abbr the RFC) the name of the first British air force, formed in 1912. It became the Royal Air Force in 1918. * * *
Royal Free Hospital
a hospital in Hampstead, London, England, established in 1828 by William Marsden (1796–1867), who also established London’s Marsden Hospital. It was one of the first ...
Royal Geographical Society
an organization formed in London, England, in 1830 to provide money and support for journeys of discovery abroad, especially in Africa. Among the first journeys were those of ...
Royal Greenwich Observatory
the national astronomical observatory of Great Britain, housed in a castle in E Sussex; formerly located at Greenwich. Also called Greenwich Observatory. * * * Astronomical ...
Royal Highland Regiment
➡ Black Watch. * * *
Royal Highness
1. (in England) a. a title used prior to 1917 and designating a brother, sister, child, grandchild, aunt, or uncle belonging to the male line of the royal family. b. a title used ...
Royal Horse Guards
➡ Horse Guards * * *
Royal Horticultural Society
(abbr the RHS) a British society of gardeners, started in 1804 by Joseph Banks and others, which holds the Chelsea Flower Show each year. The Society owns various gardens around ...
royal house
➡ royal family * * *
royal household
n the staff of a British king or queen. Its senior members include the Lord Chamberlain, and it also includes representatives of the armed forces and the church, medical staff ...
Royal Institute of British Architects
(abbr the RIBA) a British organization, started in 1834, that aims to encourage the understanding, study and practice of architecture. Its members are architects and other people ...
Royal Institution
a British organization established in 1799 with the aim of teaching science to the public through talks and experiments. Its past directors have included Michael Faraday and ...
Royal International Agricultural Show
(also the Royal Show) an exhibition of farming methods, machinery, animals, etc. held every year at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, England. * * *
Royal International Horse Show
an international competition of showjumping (= the sport of riding horses over difficult barriers) held every year at Hickstead, Sussex, England. * * *
royal jelly
a viscous substance secreted from the pharyngeal glands of worker honeybees, fed to all larvae during their first few days and afterward only to those larvae selected to be ...
Royal Leamington Spa
▪ England, United Kingdom also called  Leamington Spa        town, Warwick district, administrative and historic county of Warwickshire, central England. It lies ...
royal lily
a lily, Lilium regale, of western China, having fragrant flowers about six in. (15 cm) wide that are white inside, lilac-colored or purplish outside, and have a yellow base. * * *
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
(abbr the RLPO) a leading British orchestra established in Liverpool in 1840. Famous conductors of the orchestra have included Thomas Beecham and Malcolm Sargent. * * *
Royal Mail
(in Britain) the organization that collects and delivers letters. It is a part of the Royal Mail Group plc, an independent company that owns the Post Office and provides a ...
Royal Marines
a branch of the British Royal Navy that can fight on land as well as at sea. It was formed in 1664 and is best known for its divisions of Commandos who are trained to operate in ...
royal marriage
Cards. a meld of the king and queen of trumps, as in pinochle. Cf. marriage (def. 8). * * *
Royal Marsden Hospital
➡ Marsden. * * *
royal mast
Naut. a mast situated immediately above, and generally formed as a single spar with, a topgallant mast. [1785-95] * * *
Royal Mencap Society
➡ Mencap * * *
Royal Mile
the line of three streets in Edinburgh, leading down the hill from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood House. * * *
Royal Military Academy
➡ Sandhurst. * * *
Royal Mint
the British government organization responsible for making all the coins used in Britain. It also makes coins for more than 100 other countries, and produces military and prize ...
Royal National Institute for Deaf People
a British organization that helps people who are deaf or cannot hear very well. It was formed in 1911, and provides services such as special employment and housing. * * *
Royal National Institute of the Blind
a British organization that helps people who are blind or cannot see very well. It was formed in 1868. Among its activities it publishes books in Braille (= a system of reading ...
Royal National Lifeboat Institution
(abbr the RNLI) a popular British charity, formed in 1824, which provides boats to rescue people at sea around the coasts of Britain and Ireland. Small models of these boats are ...
Royal National Theatre
➡ National Theatre. * * * British theatre company. It was formed in 1962 as the National Theatre with Laurence Olivier as director (1963–73) and included many actors from ...
Royal Naval College
➡ Britannia Royal Naval College. * * *
Royal Naval Reserve
a branch of the British Volunteer Reserve Forces which works with the Royal Navy. Its members are volunteers who train in their spare time to do jobs at sea or on land that would ...
Royal Navy
(abbr the RN) ➡ note at armed forces. * * * Naval branch of the armed forces of the United Kingdom. Organized sea power was first used in England by Alfred the Great, who ...
Royal Navy Reserve
➡ armed forces * * *
Royal Navy, The
▪ British naval force  naval military organization of the United Kingdom, charged with the national defense at sea, protection of shipping, and fulfillment of international ...
Royal Neighbors of America
(abbr RNA) a US women’s benefit society started in 1895 which provides life insurance and other financial products for women. * * *
Royal Niger Company
▪ British company       19th-century British mercantile company that operated in the lower valley of the Niger River in West Africa. It extended British influence in ...
Royal Oak
a city in SE Michigan, near Detroit. 70,893. * * * ▪ Michigan, United States       city, Oakland county, southeastern Michigan, U.S., that is a residential northern ...
Royal Observatory
(also the Royal Greenwich Observatory) an observatory (= a building from which to study the stars, weather, etc.) at Greenwich, London, England. Its original purpose was to study ...
Royal Ontario Museum
▪ museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada       art collection located in Toronto. Established in 1912 and opened to the public in 1914, the museum is especially known for its ...
Royal Opera House
a large theatre in London, England, where performances are given by the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet. The present building was opened in 1858. The theatre is also known as ...
royal palm
any of several tall, showy feather palms of the genus Roystonea, as R. regia, having a trunk that is swollen in the middle. See illus. under palm2. [1860-65, Amer.] * * *
royal park
n any of the nine parks in London, England, originally owned by the king or queen and now managed by the government. They include the large central London parks of Green Park, ...
Royal Pavilion
(also the Brighton Pavilion) a famous building in Brighton, England, designed in an Indian style by John Nash. It was completed in 1820 and was a favourite building of the ...
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
a leading British orchestra established in London in 1946 by Thomas Beecham. Since 1996 its musical director has been Daniele Gatti (1962– ). * * *
royal poinciana
a tree, Delonix regia, of the legume family, native to Madagascar, having showy clusters of brilliant scarlet flowers and long, flat, woody pods. Also called flamboyant, flame ...
royal purple
a deep bluish purple. [1655-65] * * *
royal road
1. an auspicious or easy way or means to achieve something: the royal road to success. 2. a highway in ancient Persia, 1677 mi. (2700 km) long, extending from Susa in W Iran to W ...
Royal Rotterdam Zoological Garden Foundation
▪ zoo, Rotterdam, The Netherlands byname  Blijdorp Zoo,  Dutch  Stichting Koninklijke Rotterdamse Diergaarde, or Diergaarde Blijdorp,         zoological garden in ...
royal salute
n (in Britain) the firing of cannons to mark certain royal or state occasions. These include the Queen’s Birthday, the opening of Parliament, and the visits of foreign heads of ...
Royal Scots
the oldest division of the British Army, formed in Scotland in 1633. It is also known as the Royal Regiment. * * *
Royal Scottish Academy
an organization formed in 1826 to encourage painting, sculpture and architecture in Scotland, similar to the Royal Academy in London. Its buildings are in Princes Street, ...
Royal Shakespeare Company
(abbr the RSC) a leading British theatre company that performs plays by Shakespeare and other writers. It was formed in 1960 and its first director was Peter Hall. The company ...
Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)
Major British theatrical company. It was originally attached to the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, which opened in 1879 as the site of an annual festival ...
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
a theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, where the Royal Shakespeare Company regularly performs. It began in 1879 as the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre and the present building ...
Royal Show
➡ Royal International Agricultural Show. * * *
Royal Society
The Royal Society of London for the Advancement of Science, a society through which the British government has supported scientific investigation since 1662: awards four annual ...
Royal Society (of London for the Promotion of Natural Knowledge)
Oldest scientific society in Britain. Founded in 1660, its early members included Robert Hooke, Christopher Wren, Isaac Newton, and Edmond Halley. It provided an impetus to ...
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
(abbr the RSPCA) a well-known British charity, formed in 1824, which aims to make sure that the laws about protecting animals are being followed. It also tries to get new laws ...
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
(abbr the RSPB) a well-known British charity formed in 1889 with the aim of protecting wild birds. It owns over 100 special areas of land in Britain where birds can breed. * * *
Royal Society of Arts
(abbr the RSA) a British organization formed in 1754 by William Shipley to encourage high standards in the arts, industry and business. Its full name is the Royal Society for the ...
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
▪ Swedish organization       independent nongovernmental organization headquartered in Stockholm and primarily composed of Swedish (Nobel Prize) members. The main goal ...
royal tennis.
See court tennis. * * *
Royal Tournament
an event held every year at Earl’s Court, London, England, in which teams from the British army, navy and air force showed their skill in various physical exercises, displays ...
Royal Tunbridge Wells
      town within the borough of Tunbridge Wells (q.v.). * * *
Royal Ulster Constabulary
(abbr the RUC) the police force of Northern Ireland, named in 1922. It worked closely with the British army during the years of political violence in Northern Ireland. After the ...
Royal United Services Institute
(abbr RUSI) an organization in Whitehall, London started in 1831 which carries out research into defence and security issues, provides advice and information, and has a programme ...
Royal Variety Performance
a show held every year at a leading theatre in Britain, usually in London, attended by members of the royal family and shown on television, in which various entertainers perform ...
Royal Victorian Order
▪ British knighthood       British order of knighthood instituted by Queen Victoria in 1896 to reward personal services rendered the monarch. As it is a family order, ...
royal warrant
n the right given to some British companies to display the personal symbol of the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, or the Prince of Wales on their products, etc. The warrant ...
royal water lily
a water lily, Victoria amazonica (or V. regia), of the Amazon River and British Guiana, having floating leaves from three to six ft. (0.9 to 1.8 m) wide, the upturned margins ...
royal we
we (def. 5). [1825-35] * * *
Royal Welsh Show
an agricultural show that started in 1904 and takes place over four days every year in July in Builth Wells in Wales. Farmers show their best animals and there are displays, ...
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
▪ Canadian ballet company       preeminent Canadian ballet company that was the first to be designated “royal” (1953). Originating in Winnipeg's Ballet Club, ...
Royal Worcester
Trademark. See Worcester china. * * *
Royal Worcester{™}
an English company that has been making china of high quality since the 18th century. Its factory is in the city of Worcester. * * *
royal yacht
n a ship that was used by members of the British royal family when making trips abroad. The last royal yacht, Britannia, was first used in 1953 and was taken out of service in ...
Royal Yacht Squadron
a British club for people who own and sail yachts. Its base is at Cowes on the Isle of Wight and was established in 1815. * * *
Royal, Marshall
▪ 1996       U.S. alto saxophonist and clarinetist, who served as music director, from 1950 to 1970, of the Count Basie Orchestra (b. May 12, 1912—d. May 8, 1995). * ...
Royal, Ségolène
▪ French politician born Sept. 22, 1953, Dakar, Seneg.    French politician, who was the Socialist Party's candidate for president of France in 2007.       Royal, ...
See royal blue. * * *
See royal purple. * * *
royal blue n. A deep to strong blue.   royʹal-blueʹ (roiʹəl-blo͞oʹ) adj. * * *
/roy al"/, n. custard cut into shapes and used as a garnish in soups. [ < F, n. use of fem. of royal ROYAL] * * *
royal fern n. A deep-rooted fern (Osmunda regalis) of worldwide distribution, having tall, upright, bipinnately compound fronds. * * *
royal flush n. A straight flush consisting of the five highest cards of one suit, ranked as the highest hand in certain games of poker. * * *
Roy·al Gorge (roiʹəl) A long narrow canyon formed by the Arkansas River in south-central Colorado. Its near-vertical walls are more than 305 m (1,000 ft) high. The gorge was ...
royalism [roi′əl iz΄əm] n. 1. the principles of royal government; monarchism 2. adherence to monarchism * * * roy·al·ism (roiʹə-lĭz'əm) n. Support of or adherence to ...
—royalism, n. —royalistic, adj. /roy"euh list/, n. 1. a supporter or adherent of a king or royal government, esp. in times of rebellion or civil war. 2. (cap.) a Cavalier ...
➡ Long Parliament * * *
royal jelly n. A nutritious substance secreted by the pharyngeal glands of worker bees that serves as food for all young larvae and as the only food for larvae that will develop ...
/roy"euhl/, n. Anne Newport, 1769-1854, U.S. writer, newspaper publisher, and reformer. * * *
Royall, Anne Newport
orig. Anne Newport born June 11, 1769, New Baltimore, Md. died Oct. 1, 1854, Washington, D.C., U.S. U.S. writer, generally considered the nation's first newspaperwoman. Royall ...
RoyalLeamington Spa
Royal Leamington Spa See Leamington. * * *
royal lily n. A western Chinese lily (Lilium regale) having umbels of very large, fragrant, horizontal, funnel-shaped flowers that are lilac or purple on the outside and white ...
See royal. * * *
roy·al·mast also roy·al mast (roiʹəl-măst') n. Nautical The small mast immediately above the topgallant mast. * * *
Royal Oak A city of southeast Michigan, a residential suburb of Detroit. Population: 65,410. * * *
royal palm n. Any of several feather palm trees of the genus Roystonea that are native to tropical and subtropical America and grow to a height of approximately 30 meters (100 ...
royal poinciana n. A tropical and semitropical tree (Delonix regia) native to Madagascar, having bipinnately compound leaves, clusters of large scarlet flowers, and long pods. ...
royal purple n. A moderate or strong violet to deep purple or dark reddish purple.   royʹal-purʹple (roiʹəl-pûrʹpəl) adj. * * *
➡ royal family * * *
/roy"euhl tee/, n., pl. royalties. 1. royal persons collectively. 2. royal status, dignity, or power; sovereignty: to be elevated to royalty. 3. a person of royal lineage; member ...
royal we n. The first-person plural pronoun used by a sovereign in formal address to refer to himself or herself. * * *
/roys/, n. Josiah, 1855-1916, U.S. philosopher and educator. * * *
Royce, Josiah
born Nov. 20, 1855, Grass Valley, Calif., U.S. died Sept. 14, 1916, Cambridge, Mass. U.S. philosopher. He studied under William James and Charles Sanders Peirce at Johns ...
Royce, Sir Henry, Baronet
▪ British automobile manufacturer , in full  Sir Frederick Henry, Baronet Royce   born March 27, 1863, Alwalton, Huntingdonshire, Eng. died April 22, 1933, West Wittering, ...
Royer-Collard, Pierre-Paul
▪ French statesman and philosopher born June 21, 1763, Sompuis, France died Sept. 4, 1845, Châteauvieux       French statesman and philosopher, a moderate partisan of ...
Royko, Michael
▪ 1998       American journalist (b. Sept. 19, 1932, Chicago, Ill.—d. April 29, 1997, Chicago), was the sometimes irreverent, sometimes cantankerous or controversial, ...
Royko, Mike
orig. Michael Royko born Sept. 19, 1932, Chicago, Ill., U.S. died April 29, 1997, Chicago U.S. columnist. Royko cut short his college education to serve in the air force ...
/roy"steuhr/, v.i. roister. * * *
Royster, Vermont
▪ American journalist in full  Vermont Connecticut Royster   born April 30, 1914, Raleigh, N.C., U.S. died July 22, 1996, Raleigh       American journalist and editor ...
Royster, Vermont (Connecticut)
born April 30, 1914, Raleigh, N.C., U.S. died July 22, 1996, Raleigh U.S. journalist. Royster joined The Wall Street Journal as a Washington correspondent in 1936. After ...
Royster, Vermont Connecticut
▪ 1997       U.S. journalist (b. April 30, 1914, Raleigh, N.C.—d. July 22, 1996, Raleigh), had a long and distinguished career with The Wall Street Journal, rising ...
Rozanov, Vasily Vasilyevich
▪ Russian writer Rozanov also spelled  Rosanov   born May 2 [April 20, Old Style], 1856, Vetluga, Russian Empire died Feb. 5, 1919, Sergiyev, Russian ...
Rozelle, Alvin Ray
▪ 1997       ("PETE"), U.S. sports executive (b. March 1, 1926, South Gate, Calif.—d. Dec. 6, 1996, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), as commissioner of the National Football ...
Rozelle, Pete
orig. Alvin Ray Rozelle born March 1, 1926, South Gate, Calif., U.S. died Dec. 6, 1996, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. U.S. sports executive and commissioner of the National Football ...
/rohz"neuhr, roh"zeuh neuhr/, n. Australian Informal. any strong alcoholic beverage. [1930-35; orig. uncert.] * * *
Różewicz, Tadeusz
▪ Polish writer born October 9, 1921, Radomsko, Poland       Polish poet and playwright, one of the leading writers of the post-World War II period.       Having ...
Rozhdestvensky, Robert Ivanovich
▪ 1995       Russian poet (b. June 20, 1932, Kosikha, Altay kray, Russian S.F.S.R., U.S.S.R.—d. Aug. 19/20, 1994, Moscow, Russia), was one of a group of young Russian ...
▪ hills, Poland       range of hills in east-central Poland. The Roztocze rises from the Lublin Uplands and extends southeastward across the border into Ukraine. Low and ...
▪ historical state, Africa also spelled  Rozvi,         former Karanga empire in southern Africa. The empire was probably established by Changamire Dombo I ...
/roz"euhr/, n. Brit. Slang. a policeman. [1890-95; orig. uncert.] * * *
1. See Received Pronunciation. 2. See repurchase agreement. 3. retinitis pigmentosa. * * *
(in Indonesia) rupiah; rupiahs. * * *
role-playing game. * * *
RPh abbrev. registered pharmacist * * *
➡ Retail Price Index. * * *
(in full retail price index excluding mortgage interest payments) a measurement of inflation which shows the change in the overall cost of goods and services bought by the ...
R plasmid n. See R factor. * * *
revolutions per minute. Also, r.p.m. * * *
request for price quotation. * * *
revolutions per second. Also, r.p.s. * * *
rpt abbrev. 1. repeat 2. report * * *
1. repeat. 2. report. * * *
remotely piloted vehicle: a military aircraft used esp. for reconnaissance and for confusing enemy radar. * * *
West Semitic, to heal, mend. 1. Hammurabi, from Akkadian ḫammurāpi, from Amorite *ʿammu-rāpiʾ, the (divine) kinsman (is) a healer, from *rāpiʾ, participle of *rapaʾa, to ...
RQ abbrev. respiratory quotient * * * RQ abbr. respiratory quotient. * * *
RR abbrev. 1. railroad 2. Right Reverend 3. Rural Route: also R.R. * * * RR abbr. 1. railroad. 2. right reverend. 3. rural route. * * *
RR Lyrae star
Astron. one of a group of pulsating variable stars found in the halo of the Milky Way, with periods between 1.2 and 30 hours; all have approximately the same luminosity and are ...
RR Lyrae variables
RR Lyrae variables [är΄är΄ lī′rē] n. 〚RR, astronomical code designation of tenth variable + Lyrae, gen. of L Lyra,LYRA〛 any of the very regular, short-period, ...
RRB abbr. Railroad Retirement Board. * * *
See renegotiable-rate mortgage. * * *
Biochem. See ribosomal RNA. * * *
➡ recommended retail price. * * *
See rail rapid transit. * * *
Rrurrambu, George
▪ 2008       Australian Aboriginal rock musician born 1957, Galiwinku, N.Terr., Australia died June 10, 2007, Galiwinku was the charismatic front man of the popular ...
Rs abbrev. rupees * * * RS abbr. 1. recording secretary. 2. Royal Society. * * *
1. reis. 2. rupees. * * *
Republic of South Africa. * * *
➡ Royal Shakespeare Company. * * *
repetitive strain disorder. * * *
Received Standard English. * * *
r selection n. A form of selection that occurs in an environment with plentiful resources, favoring a reproductive strategy in which many offspring are produced.   [r(ate of ...
See Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic. Also, R.S.F.S.R. * * *
repetitive strain injury. * * *
➡ Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. * * *
➡ Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. * * *
See Revised Standard Version. * * *
/ahr"es"vee"pee"/, v., RSVPed or RSVP'd, RSVPing or RSVP'ing, n., pl. RSVP's. v.i. 1. to reply to an invitation: Don't forget to RSVP before Thursday. n. 2. a reply to an ...
right side up with care. * * *
Arabic root, to adhere. intarsia, from Arabic tarṣīʿ, inlaying, setting, infinitive of raṣṣaʿa, to inlay, derived stem of raṣiʿa, to adhere. * * *
radiotelephone. * * *
Rt Hon
Rt Hon abbrev. Right Honorable * * * ➡ Right Honourable. * * *
Rt Rev
Rt Rev abbrev. Right Reverend * * * (also Rt Revd) ➡ Right Reverend. * * *
Rt Revd
➡ Rt Rev * * *
right. * * *
Rt. Hon.
Right Honorable. * * *
Rt. Rev.
Right Reverend. * * *
Rt. Hon. abbr. Right Honorable. * * *
Rt. Rev. abbr. Right Reverend. * * *
RTA abbr. ready to assemble. * * *
rte abbrev. route * * *
route. * * *
resistance transfer factor. See R factor. * * *
Finance. rights. * * *
ready-to-wear. * * *
Symbol, Chem. ruthenium. * * *
RU 486
an antigestational drug, in the form of a pill, that prevents a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall by blocking the action of progesterone. [1980; designation given ...
Ru kiln
▪ Chinese pottery Pinyin  Ru yao,  or  Wade-Giles  Ju yao        kiln known for creating highly prized Chinese stoneware. The Ru kiln produced ware for a short ...
RU-486 [är΄yo͞o′fôr΄āt΄ē siks′] n. 〚< R(oussel) U(CLAF), the manufacturer〛 a steroid drug, C29H35NO2, used orally primarily to terminate pregnancy at the earliest ...
▪ dam, Africa       site of an important hydroelectric-power station and a diversion dam directly above the Ruacana Falls, on the Kunene River at the border between ...
Ruaha National Park
▪ park, Tanzania       national park, west of Iringa town in south-central Tanzania. The park is located at an elevation of 2,500 to 5,200 feet (750 to 1,900 m) and ...
Ruan Ji
▪ Chinese poet Wade-Giles romanization  Juan Chi , also called  Ruan Bubing , courtesy name (zi)  Sizong  born 210, Chenliu, Henan province, China died 263, Luoyang, ...
Ruan Yuan
▪ Chinese scholar and official Wade-Giles romanization  Juan Yüan  born Feb. 21, 1764, Yizheng, Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, China died Nov. 27, 1849, ...
/rooh ah"neuh/, n. a poncholike outer garment of heavy wool, worn esp. in the mountains of Colombia. [1940-45; < AmerSp] * * *
/rooh ahn"deuh/, n., pl. Ruandas, (esp. collectively) Ruanda for 1. 1. a member of a people living in Rwanda and the E Democratic Republic of the Congo. 2. Also called ...
/rooh ahn"deuh oo roon"dee/, n. a former territory in central Africa, E of the Democratic Republic of the Congo: formerly part of German East Africa; administered by Belgium as a ...
Ruapehu, Mount
▪ volcano, New Zealand       active volcano and highest peak (9,176 feet [2,797 m]) on North Island, New Zealand, in Tongariro National Park. Mount Ruapehu is situated ...
/rub/, v., rubbed, rubbing, n. v.t. 1. to subject the surface of (a thing or person) to pressure and friction, as in cleaning, smoothing, polishing, coating, massaging, or ...
Rub' al Khali
Arab. /rddoob' ahl khah"lee/; Eng. /roob' al kah"lee/ a desert in S Arabia, N of Hadhramaut and extending from Yemen to Oman. ab. 250,000 sq. mi. (647,500 sq. km). Also called Ar ...
/rub"euh dub'/, n. the sound of a drum when beaten. [1780-90; imit.] * * *
/rub"euh booh'/, n. Canadian. soup made from pemmican, flour, and water, once common among fur trappers, hunters, etc. [1815-25; orig. uncert.] * * *
Rubáiyát [ro͞o΄bī yät′, ro͞o′bī yät΄; ro͞o΄bēyät′, ro͞o′bēyät΄] n. 〚Ar, lit., the quatrains < rubā‘īyāt, pl. of rubā‘īya, quatrain, fem. of ...
Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, The
/rooh"buy yaht', -bee-/, n. a free translation (first published in 1859) by Edward FitzGerald of a group of quatrains by the Persian poet Omar Khayyám. [Rubáiyát < Pers < Ar, ...
Rubaiyat stanza
Pros. a quatrain patterned after those in The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, of iambic pentameter and rhyming aaba. * * *

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