from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The quality of being impressive and great
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The 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.
- 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.
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- n. impressiveness in scale or proportion
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)
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)