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queenly

[kween-lee] /ˈkwin li/
adjective, queenlier, queenliest.
1.
belonging or proper to a queen:
queenly propriety.
2.
befitting, or suggestive of, a queen:
queenly grace.
adverb
3.
in a queenly manner.
Origin of queenly
1530-1540
First recorded in 1530-40; queen + -ly
Related forms
queenliness, noun
unqueenly, adjective
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Contemporary Examples
  • We privately see ourselves as queenly beings who get to decide which of our subjects to anoint with a knighthood.

  • The best known Elizabeth Taylor was one of Mary Pickford's most successful heirs—in money-earning as well as queenly status.

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British Dictionary definitions for queenly

queenly

/ˈkwiːnlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
resembling or appropriate to a queen
2.
having the rank of queen
adverb
3.
in a manner appropriate to a queen
Derived Forms
queenliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for queenly
adj.

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

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