One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1That is above royal rank; higher than or beyond royal. Later also: extremely royal.
2Printing. Designating a sheet of paper of a size larger than royal, measuring about 19–21 by 27–28 inches (approx. 48.3–53.3 by 68.6–71.1 cm).
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Bell (fl. 1573–1610). From super- + royal.
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