queen·​ly | \ ˈkwēn-lē How to pronounce queenly (audio) \
queenlier; queenliest

Definition of queenly

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

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Other Words from queenly

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 Friday's queenly haul of $41.8 million includes $8.5 million in Thursday night previews. Pamela Mcclintock, Billboard, "Box Office: 'Frozen 2' Ends November Cold Snap, Heads for Record $110M-$120M U.S. Debut," 23 Nov. 2019 This fear stands in contrast to Ellmann’s mountain lion, with her single-minded focus, her stark and queenly solitude. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Can One Sentence Capture All of Life?," 6 Sep. 2019 After playing Queen Charlotte in The Madness of King George, Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, and the titular Elizabeth I, Mirren just can’t stay away from those queenly roles. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Helen Mirren wields 'absolute power' in HBO's Catherine the Great trailer," 22 July 2019 The queenly gown donned a breathtaking 20-foot train. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Bridal Bliss Exclusive: Mike and Kyra Epps Share Stunning Photos From Their California Wedding," 27 June 2019 Arya is not even a tiny bit jealous of Sansa's new queenly title. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "What Will Arya Stark Do Now Sansa Is Queen of the North?," 20 May 2019 The queenly allusions aren’t just a gimmick, the combs, which are made from zebu horn, a biodegradable material rich in keratin, are especially gentle on black hair. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Byredo’s New Keepsake Combs Pay Tribute to Africa’s Beloved Queens," 13 July 2018 From her queenly head cascaded a waterfall of golden curls. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Big Freedia conducts a church choir at Jazz Fest 2018," 28 Apr. 2018 For merging with, and rising from, the floor like a bead of mercury, there’s James Gowan; for explosive intensity, Babatunji; for queenly clarity, Madeline Devries; for unfurling arms, Shuaib Elhassan. Rachel Howard, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hussain on hand for Lines Ballet’s glorious 35th birthday," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of queenly

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Queenly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/queenly. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of queenly

: resembling a queen or suitable for a queen

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