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

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 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 Her death also allows the narrator to emerge and to reveal her queenly rank. Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2021 In long-limbed, willowy Maria Kowroski as the Sugar Plum Fairy, dressed in shimmering, pale hues of tulle and satin, the ballet has an especially queenly ballerina. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, 16 Dec. 2020 Friday's queenly haul of $41.8 million includes $8.5 million in Thursday night previews. Pamela Mcclintock, Billboard, 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, 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, 22 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of queenly

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Sep 2022

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“Queenly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/queenly. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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