queen·​ly ˈkwēn-lē How to pronounce queenly (audio)
queenlier; queenliest
: of, relating to, or befitting a queen
: having royal rank
queenliness noun
queenly adverb

Examples of queenly in a Sentence

She maintained a queenly posture. a richly appointed, queenly bedroom, complete with a massive four-poster bed
Recent Examples on the Web The queenly soprano, whom everyone venerates but somehow fails to recognize, gives off a whiff of Emilia Marty in Janacek’s The Makropulos Case. Vulture, 17 Nov. 2023 Within these walls the queen could take a break from her queenly duties, entertain her coterie of closest confidantes, and play with her children. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 17 July 2023 Lola Sherman’s Seaside Musings column For just a few hours last month, eight women ages 37 to 55 were 15 years old again, wearing ball gowns and queenly crowns and being feted at a giant party in Vista. Lola Sherman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2023 The actress, who starred as Sorsha in 1988's Willow and returns as an older, queenly version of the character in the new Disney+ series, is delighted to be back in the fantasy world. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 30 Nov. 2022 For their Spring/Summer 2020 collection, the brand reimagined those legendary shoes as the Vivier Queen Sandals, so everyone can step out in queenly style. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 7 Nov. 2022 But there may have been occasions when the queen has tried, in her own queenly way, to score a point for feminism. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2022 O’Connell — Didi, to her intimates — is petite and nimble, with a queenly nimbus of red hair and a default expression, offstage anyway, of intent curiosity. New York Times, 17 June 2022 Half this spring’s university graduates are likely to live to a queenly 100-years-old. Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, Forbes, 8 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of queenly was in the 15th century

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“Queenly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/queenly. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


queen·​ly ˈkwēn-lē How to pronounce queenly (audio)
: resembling a queen

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