Learner's definition of ROYALTY
1 [noncount] : members of a royal family
It was an honor and a privilege to dine with royalty.
On our wedding day, we were treated like royalty.
2 a : an amount of money that is paid to the original creator of a product, book, or piece of music based on how many copies have been sold — usually plural
b : an amount of money that is paid by a mining or oil company to the owner of the land the company is using — usually plural
After he died, his family continued to collect royalties on/from his books.
The book has earned $40,000 in royalties.
royalty checks/payments for artists