[ kween-lee ]
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adjective,queen·li·er, queen·li·est.
  1. belonging or proper to a queen: queenly propriety.

  2. befitting, or suggestive of, a queen: queenly grace.

  1. in a queenly manner.

Origin of queenly

First recorded in 1530–40; queen + -ly

Other words from queenly

  • queen·li·ness, noun
  • un·queen·ly, adjective

Words Nearby queenly

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How to use queenly in a sentence

  • We privately see ourselves as queenly beings who get to decide which of our subjects to anoint with a knighthood.

    Hands Off My Call Girl! | Tracy Quan | February 25, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The best known Elizabeth Taylor was one of Mary Pickford's most successful heirs—in money-earning as well as queenly status.

    Best of Brit Lit | Peter Stothard | April 23, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Venice is a City of the Past, and wears her faded yet queenly robes more gracefully by night than by day.

    Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
  • Sure no words that ever were spoken could describe her queenly gait and inspiring glances.

  • Nita was unconscious that the stranger's eyes dwelt admiringly upon her queenly beauty as she sat in the velvet arm-chair.

    They Looked and Loved | Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
  • Mrs. Slade considered that she herself could have carried off that elegance in a much more queenly manner.

    The Butterfly House | Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • But one of them, a queenly-looking lady, would not be satisfied with the answer.

    Prudy Keeping House | Sophie May

British Dictionary definitions for queenly


/ (ˈkwiːnlɪ) /

adjective-lier or -liest
  1. resembling or appropriate to a queen

  2. having the rank of queen

  1. in a manner appropriate to a queen

Derived forms of queenly

  • queenliness, noun

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