American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The greatness and dignity of a sovereign.
- n. The sovereignty and power of God.
- n. Supreme authority or power: the majesty of the law.
- n. A royal personage.
- n. Used with His, Her, or Your as a title and form of address for a sovereign.
- n. Royal dignity of bearing or aspect; grandeur.
- n. Stately splendor; magnificence, as of style or character: the Parthenon in all its majesty.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The greatness or grandeur of exalted rank or character, or of manner; imposing loftiness; stateliness; in general, the character of inspiring awe or reverence.
- n. Royal state; royalty.
- n. A title of address or dignity (commonly written with a capital) used in speaking to or of a ruling sovereign or his (or more rarely her) wedded consort: as, your Majesty or Majesties; their majesties the king and queen. By papal grant, the sovereigns of Spain bear the title of Catholic Majesty; those of Portugal, of Most Faithful Majesty; and the former kings of France had that of Most Christian Majesty.
- n. [capitalized] In medieval art, etc., a symbolic representation of the first person of the Trinity, seated on a throne. In the art of the Western Church this figure is usually robed in a cope and other vestments, wearing, as emblematic of sovereignty over the whole universe, a triple (sometimes a quadruple) crown similar to the papal tiara, and holding the mound or globe of kingly authority.
- n. In medieval English usage, the canopy of a hearse: so called because generally adorned with the symbolic figure of God the Father, called the Majesty. See hearse.
- n. In heraldry, a representation of an eagle as crowned with a regal crown and holding a scepter.
- n. The quality of being impressive and great
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The dignity and authority of sovereign power; quality or state which inspires awe or reverence; grandeur; exalted dignity, whether proceeding from rank, character, or bearing; imposing loftiness; stateliness; -- usually applied to the rank and dignity of sovereigns.
- n. Hence, used with the possessive pronoun, the title of an emperor, king or queen; -- in this sense taking a plural.
- n. Dignity; elevation of manner or style.
- n. impressiveness in scale or proportion
- Middle English maieste, mageste, from Old French majesté, from Latin māiestās, derived from Proto-Indo-European *maǵ-yos- (“greater”), from *maǵ-, *meǵ- (“great”). See mega-. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English mageste, maieste, from Old French majeste, from Latin māiestās; see meg- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Accepting their swords in surrender, the receiving officer said: "Your majesty is my prisoner.”
“But although Lakeside is at 5000 'there will be nothing to remind you of the San Juans, either in majesty nor the temps.”
“And this is that properly which in kings we call majesty, and which no doubt is a kind of shadow or portraiture of the divine authority drawn upon the looks and persons of princes, which makes them commanders of men's fears, and thereby capable of governing them in all their concerns.”
“They can only lavish a thick cream of adjectives -- 'dignity,' 'charm,' 'majesty' -- over the Windsor family in the hope that some of us are fooled.”
“The verbal correspondence here is only less decisive -- as regards the use of the word "majesty" -- than in the passages collated by Mr. Morley; while the thought corresponds as closely.”
“On my arrival here, from Leghorn, I received your lordship's letter of October 7, communicating to me the title his majesty had been graciously pleased to confer upon me; an honour, your lordship is pleased to say, the highest that has ever been conferred on an officer of my standing, who was not a commander in chief.”
“His majesty was the worst rider ever seen, and thought himself the best.”
“Louis XI. was the first in France who was generally called majesty,”
““On my arrival here, from Leghorn, I received your lordship's letter of October 7, communicating to me the title his majesty had been graciously pleased to confer upon me; an honour, your lordship is pleased to say, the highest that has ever been conferred on an officer of my standing, who was not a commander in chief.”
“I said tactfully that her majesty was a marvel of patience, and loved her sister dearly.”
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