king·​ly | \ ˈkiŋ-lē How to pronounce kingly (audio) \
kinglier; kingliest

Definition of kingly

1 : having royal rank
2 : of, relating to, or befitting a king

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Other Words from kingly

kingliness noun
kingly adverb

Examples of kingly in a Sentence

a symbol of kingly authority They paid a kingly price for their new house.
Recent Examples on the Web The centuries-old custom involved the Secretary of State of Wales reading the Letters Patent in Welsh, while the Queen bestowed upon Charles five pieces of insignia: a sword, coronet, ring, the gold rod, and the kingly mantle. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A Look Back at Prince Charles's Investiture as the Prince of Wales, 50 Years Later," 3 Mar. 2019 Regulus was in Leo when Trump was born, but six years ago, during November 2011, the star moved from the kingly sign of Leo to Virgo. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "What the Upcoming Eclipse Means for Donald Trump and His Presidency," 10 Aug. 2017 An added bonus for those with kingly aspirations: The castle, with swimming pool and tennis court, is rentable. Vanita Salisbury, Town & Country, "The Languedoc-Roussillon Might Be the Best-Kept Wine Secret in France," 30 May 2017 But direct-to-consumer brands like Warby Parker (eyewear) and Everlane (fashion basics), which eliminate both, have let men without a kingly budget score uncompromised style. Scott Christian, WSJ, "A $3,000 Men’s Scarf for $575? A New Kind of Bargain," 3 May 2017

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First Known Use of kingly

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Kingly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of kingly

: of or relating to a king
: typical of or suited for a king


king·​ly | \ ˈkiŋ-lē How to pronounce kingly (audio) \

Kids Definition of kingly

1 : suited to a king a kingly feast
2 : of a king kingly power

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