Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Sovereign power, dignity, or grandeur.
  • noun Supreme authority or power.
  • noun A royal personage.
  • noun Used with His, Her, or Your as a title and form of address for a sovereign.
  • noun Magnificence or splendor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The greatness or grandeur of exalted rank or character, or of manner; imposing loftiness; stateliness; in general, the character of inspiring awe or reverence.
  • noun Royal state; royalty.
  • noun 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.
  • noun [capitalized] In medieval art, etc., a symbolic representation of the first person of the Trinity, seated on a throne.
  • noun 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.
  • noun In heraldry, a representation of an eagle as crowned with a regal crown and holding a scepter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Hence, used with the possessive pronoun, the title of an emperor, king or queen; -- in this sense taking a plural.
  • noun Dignity; elevation of manner or style.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality of being impressive and great

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun impressiveness in scale or proportion

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English mageste, maieste, from Old French majeste, from Latin māiestās; see meg- in Indo-European roots.]

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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-.

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