Definition of majesty in US English:

majesty

noun

  • 1Impressive stateliness, dignity, or beauty.

    ‘experience the majesty of the Rockies’
    • ‘So as you reflect on the glory and the majesty of Easter, be open to the Lord.’
    • ‘His majesty and beauty spoke to me in ways that no priest had ever been able to, and I was breathless from his presence.’
    • ‘To enjoy the natural beauty and majesty of Kili, you do not even have to climb it.’
    • ‘At a universal level both the Sun and Leo are associated with royalty, majesty, stateliness, dignity, and authority.’
    • ‘But with their beauty and their majesty they remind us of who and where we are in this world.’
    • ‘I think there's a majesty in it that makes it redemptive.’
    • ‘A large chamber dwelled within a large castle that dwelled within a land of immense beauty and majesty.’
    • ‘I was blown away by the beauty and majesty of the ensemble choir, who only got together for the first time some three days earlier.’
    • ‘When the skies clear, the awesome landscape communicates its majesty through an eerie silence.’
    • ‘Or, how can we acknowledge the majesty and awesomeness of God with our nose stuck in a hymn book or liturgical program?’
    • ‘However often I saw it, I never ceased to be awed by its august power, majesty and beauty.’
    • ‘It feels like the best available foil to the stately majesty of Test matches.’
    • ‘It wasn't the first time she'd been in the judgement court, but the majesty of it always filled her with awe.’
    • ‘Is it possible that a glimpse of the awesome majesty of the night sky, once revealed, would help to overcome anti-social behaviour?’
    • ‘One generation saw the plagues in Egypt, the Red Sea parting, and the awesome majesty of Sinai.’
    • ‘The Clay Bird is filled with great splendour and majesty.’
    • ‘So let us not mistake the significance or miss the majesty of what we have witnessed.’
    • ‘Suddenly the solemnity of the occasion and the majesty of its setting overcame everyone and reverential silence descended.’
    • ‘Before that, the excitement of the opening ceremony and the sheer majesty of the Olympic experience will be theirs to relish.’
    • ‘The adventure opened their eyes to the beauty and majesty of Latin America but also to the social injustice and poverty that surrounded them.’
    stateliness, dignity, magnificence, pomp, solemnity, grandeur, grandness, splendour, resplendence, glory, impressiveness, superbness, awesomeness, awe, loftiness, sublimity, regalness, regality, royalty, royalness, kingliness, queenliness, nobility, nobleness, augustness, exaltedness, exaltation, pride
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  • 2Royal power.

    ‘the majesty of the royal household’
    sovereignty, authority, power, dominion, supremacy
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    1. 2.1His", "Your", etc., "Majesty A title given to a sovereign or a sovereign's wife or widow.
      ‘Her Majesty the Queen’
      • ‘Her Majesty and her consort were once pictured standing in the doorway - not a claim that can be made of too many houses.’
      • ‘The lord chancellor negotiated the steps to the throne, bowed down before Her Majesty and handed her the speech.’
      • ‘Our claim has been made to Her Majesty, the Crown, not the Government of Queensland.’
      • ‘When the time comes to say goodbye, you should once again address the Queen as Your Majesty.’
      • ‘The King, the Queen, Princess Mary and the Duke of Connaught appeared on the balcony and His Majesty spoke a few words.’
      • ‘First Love, owned by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, can add a Royal flavour to proceedings at Sandown tomorrow.’
      • ‘No response was sought by Mr Burrell from the Queen and Her Majesty made no comment.’
      • ‘The passing of Her Majesty, the Queen Mother has finally brought the 20th century to an end.’
      • ‘Certain statutes of the University can only be amended with the approval of Her Majesty the Queen’
      • ‘Traditionally, the Royal Standard should only be used by Her Majesty the Queen in her capacity as Queen of Scots.’
      • ‘There was great love between them, and her Majesty, and of course the Queen Mother, are going to be completely bereft.’
      • ‘What a masterstroke of Charles to have his mother, Her Majesty the Queen, make the first speech!’
      • ‘His stay was greatly honored by an audience with Her Majesty, Queen Sirikit.’
      • ‘Does Her Majesty, the Queen, realize the tarnishment of the monarchy that is occurring?’
      • ‘Manuel has been with the President this week for Her Majesty the Queen's State Visit, where I have also been.’
      • ‘Watching from above, Her Majesty the Queen would have understood Dalton's unbearable sense of loss.’
      • ‘In 1999, Her Majesty the Queen popped in to enjoy a cup of tea with members of staff.’
      • ‘Dust off Walter Bagehot and preserve the mystique and majesty of Her Majesty.’
      • ‘Her Majesty had ordered Noakes and his wife Vivien to be given unprecedented access to her both at home and at work.’
      • ‘Her Majesty the Queen, speaking from Windsor, issued the following open message.’
      royal highness, highness, serene highness, serenity, magnificence
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    2. 2.2Her" or "His Majesty'sBritish Used in the title of several state institutions.
      ‘Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Schools’
      • ‘In April 1739 a pock-marked butcher was hanged at York for crimes against His Majesty's Highways.’
      • ‘Visit Aberdeen, with sights such as the Maritime Museum, the Lemon Tree, His Majesty's Theatre and great shops.’
      • ‘Mr Chamberlain then read to the House the message which His Majesty's Ambassador in Berlin and the French Ambassador have been instructed to hand to the German Government.’
      • ‘In 1837 the name of the theatre was changed to Her Majesty's Theatre, Italian Opera House when Queen Victoria ascended to the throne.’
      • ‘There shall continue to be kept at His Majesty's Land Registry a register of title to freehold land and leasehold land.’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘greatness of God’): from Old French majeste, from Latin majestas, from a variant of majus, major- (see major).

Pronunciation

majesty

/ˈmædʒəsti//ˈmajəstē/