Marquis of Queensberry rules

plural noun

Marquis of Queens·​ber·​ry rules
-ˈkwēnz|ˌber|ē- -b(ə)r|,
: a code of fair play presumed to apply in any fight
recognize no Marquis of Queensberry rules by which moral decorum should regulate and govern their differencesLucius Garvin

Word History


from the Marquis of Queensbury rules, a code of rules governing boxing matches, after Sir John Sholto Douglas, 8th Marquis of Queensbury †1900 English boxing patron who supervised the code's formulation in 1867 by John G. Chambers †1883 English athlete

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“Marquis of Queensberry rules.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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