1. (N.Z.) a management stooge.
|N.Z. Observer (Auckland) 24 Nov. 7: Invariably the ‘royals’ receive preference. These watersiders are well known to the stevedores [DNZE].|
|(Wellington) postcard DNZE (1998) 684/2: boss’s royal is a waterfront term for a boss’s stooge or pet .|
2. (US) to play host.
|Seattle Star (WA) 11 Nov. 8/3: ‘The gimp was doing the royal with some clover-kicker at the next board.’ [The boss was entertaining a friend from the country at the next table].|