adjective, queen·li·er, queen·li·est.

belonging or proper to a queen: queenly propriety.
befitting, or suggestive of, a queen: queenly grace.


in a queenly manner.

Origin of queenly

First recorded in 1530–40; queen + -ly
Related formsqueen·li·ness, nounun·queen·ly, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of queenly

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

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    Tracy Quan

    February 25, 2010

  • 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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    April 23, 2009

Historical Examples of queenly

British Dictionary definitions for queenly


adjective -lier or -liest

resembling or appropriate to a queen
having the rank of queen


in a manner appropriate to a queen
Derived Formsqueenliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for queenly

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

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