n. pl. maj·es·ties
a. Sovereign power, dignity, or grandeur: the majesty of the royal couple.
b. Supreme authority or power: the majesty of the law.
a. A royal personage.
b. Majesty Used with His, Her, or Your as a title and form of address for a sovereign.
3. Magnificence or splendor: the majesty of the Rockies.
[Middle English mageste, maieste, from Old French majeste, from Latin māiestās; see meg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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