[ king-lee ]
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adjective,king·li·er, king·li·est.
  1. stately or splendid, as resembling, suggesting, or befitting a king; regal: He strode into the room with a kingly air.

  2. pertaining or proper to a king: kingly power.

  1. having the rank of king.

  2. consisting of kings or others of royal rank: kingly personages.

  1. in the manner of a king; regally.

Origin of kingly

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at king, -ly

synonym study For kingly

1, 2. 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.

Other words for kingly

Opposites for kingly

Other words from kingly

  • king·li·ness, noun
  • un·king·ly, adjective, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for kingly


/ (ˈkɪŋlɪ) /

adjective-lier or -liest
  1. appropriate to a king; majestic

  2. royal

  1. poetic, or archaic in a manner appropriate to a king

Derived forms of kingly

  • kingliness, noun

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