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[kween-lee] /ˈkwin li/
adjective, queenlier, queenliest.
belonging or proper to a queen:
queenly propriety.
befitting, or suggestive of, a queen:
queenly grace.
in a queenly manner.
Origin of queenly
1530-40; queen + -ly
Related forms
queenliness, noun
unqueenly, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for queenly
Contemporary Examples
  • The best known Elizabeth Taylor was one of Mary Pickford's most successful heirs—in money-earning as well as queenly status.

  • We privately see ourselves as queenly beings who get to decide which of our subjects to anoint with a knighthood.

Historical Examples
  • Never before had I seen my lady in this gentle guise, this task of nursing the sick, which her doing raised to a queenly art.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
  • She came steadily forward with a queenly, effortless stride.

    The Martian Cabal Roman Frederick Starzl
  • You must know that; you must say it to yourself when you are alone, and know that your life ought to be a queenly triumph.

    King Midas Upton Sinclair
  • It was a becoming dress, but not for her—she was too queenly.

  • With that speech, and the queenly way in which it was uttered, Mme. de Bargeton recovered her position.

  • It was a queenly presence—tall, graceful, and intensely womanly.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • queenly pride rather than Christian resignation inspired her soul.

    Maria Antoinette John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • Her dark beauty, her height and grace, gave her a queenly air.

British Dictionary definitions for queenly


adjective -lier, -liest
resembling or appropriate to a queen
having the rank of queen
in a manner appropriate to a queen
Derived Forms
queenliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for queenly

mid-15c., from queen (n.) + -ly (1). Related: Queenliness.

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