queen·​ly | \ˈkwēn-lē \
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

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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 In one final theatrical flourish, her queenly robes fly off to reveal an ice blue dress, hand-beaded over the course of 41 days by a team of seamstresses. Eliana Dockterman, TIME.com, "Inside Disney’s Ambitious Plan to Bring," 8 Mar. 2018 Lest you are left wondering who rules the hive, Rosetta sparkles in a queenly gown inlaid with bling; Marie wears a girlish peach frock. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Play House's bio musical on Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 'Marie and Rosetta,' is packed with history but short on magic (review)," 31 Jan. 2018 Her performances of these queenly characters are memorable because of the passion quaking beneath her serene, regal bearing. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "What’s Keeping One of Opera’s Greatest Sopranos From Singing?," 4 July 2017 A serene, queenly presence as Elisabeth, Anja Harteros focused her emotions in her attractively unsettled voice, practically vibrating with feeling. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: Opera Lovers, Make a Pilgrimage to Munich for ‘Tannhäuser’," 23 May 2017 In the House of Tudor, a servant might sleep on a cot by the bed or slip under the covers with her queenly boss for warmth. Nika Mavrody, The Atlantic, "The Dangers of Reading in Bed," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of queenly

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of queenly

: resembling a queen or suitable for a queen

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obstinately defiant of authority

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