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[king-lee] /ˈkɪŋ li/
adjective, kinglier, kingliest.
stately or splendid, as resembling, suggesting, or befitting a king; regal:
He strode into the room with a kingly air.
pertaining or proper to a king:
kingly power.
having the rank of king.
consisting of kings or others of royal rank:
kingly personages.
in the manner of a king; regally.
Origin of kingly
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at king, -ly
Related forms
kingliness, noun
unkingly, adjective, adverb
1, 2. princely, sovereign, majestic, august, magnificent, exalted, grand. Kingly, regal, royal refer to that which is closely associated with a king, or is suitable for one. What is kingly may either belong to a king, or be befitting, worthy of, or like a king: a kingly presence, appearance, graciousness. Regal is especially applied to the office of kingship or the outward manifestations of grandeur and majesty: regal authority, bearing, splendor, munificence. Royal is applied especially to what pertains to or is associated with the person of a monarch: the royal family, word, robes, salute; a royal residence.
1, 2. lowly. Unabridged
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  • The pomp of Antony's position, too, and his kingly personality pleased our poet.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • And nothing could be more instinct with fierce and kingly grandeur.

  • At last they fix upon the kingly art, as having the desired sort of knowledge.

    Euthydemus Plato
  • These were words which savored of kingly authority and which were odious to the people.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • The question, as he held, was one of art, not of kingly predilection.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook
  • And the men Page 96 were as feeble as their kingly life was short and precarious.

    Theodoric the Goth Thomas Hodgkin
  • kingly Bottom is the most interesting spot to the west of Singleton.

  • Henry possessed in the highest degree not a few of the best of kingly attributes.

    Henry VIII. A. F. Pollard
British Dictionary definitions for kingly


adjective -lier, -liest
appropriate to a king; majestic
(poetic or archaic) in a manner appropriate to a king
Derived Forms
kingliness, noun
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