adjective, king·li·er, king·li·est.

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 formsking·li·ness, nounun·king·ly, adjective, adverb

Synonyms for kingly

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.

Antonyms for kingly

1, 2. lowly. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kingliness

Historical Examples of kingliness

  • Royalty, or kingliness, over life, restraining and glorifying.

  • There's a kingliness, Marcella—not only about you, but about me too.


    M. Leonora Eyles

  • Mr. Holloway's Theseus was wanting in kingliness, and his hunting scene was perhaps the worst thing in the play.

  • Truly he had not the vast strength and stature of Norway's king, but Alfred's was the kingliness of wisdom and statecraft.

    King Alfred's Viking

    Charles W. Whistler

  • From this community of feeling comes a kingliness of character; and he who is king-like goes on to be heaven-like.

British Dictionary definitions for kingliness


adjective -lier or -liest

appropriate to a king; majestic


poetic, or archaic in a manner appropriate to a king
Derived Formskingliness, noun
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