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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.
  3. having the rank of king.
  4. 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
Related formsking·li·ness, nounun·king·ly, adjective, adverb

Synonyms for kingly

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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. 2018

Related Words for kingly

aristocratic, noble, regal, royal

Examples from the Web for kingly

Contemporary Examples of kingly

Historical Examples of kingly

  • The pomp of Antony's position, too, and his kingly personality pleased our poet.

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for kingly


adjective -lier or -liest
  1. appropriate to a king; majestic
  2. royal
  1. poetic, or archaic in a manner appropriate to a king
Derived Formskingliness, noun
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