Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having the status or rank of queen.
  • adj. Of, resembling, or befitting a queen; majestic and regal.
  • adv. In a royal way; regally.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the status, rank or qualities of a queen; regal.
  • adv. In a queenly manner; regally.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like, becoming, or suitable to, a queen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like a queen; befitting a queen; suitable to a queen.
  • Like a queen; in the manner of a queen.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having the rank of or resembling or befitting a queen

Etymologies

queen +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • On ABC, Tina Brown, the editor of The Daily Beast and Newsweek, who wrote a biography of Princess Diana, couldn't stop praising the bride's poise and aptitude for her new job, using the word "queenly" to describe the newly named Duchess of Cambridge.

    NYT > Home Page

  • That night was one of many such evenings in queenly Venice.

    The Romance of Isabel, Lady Burton

  • There is little that can credibly be called queenly about these creatures, least of all when they display their menacing teeth.

    A Formula So Old It's New Again

  • The "queenly" Lady Hilda Trelawney Hope, the unnamed avenger in Charles Augustus Milverton, the intrepid Violet Hunter - plenty of material for filmmakers to draw on!

    News from the House of Sticks -

  • And 'queenly' becomes 'witchy' -- a powerful sorceress who can mysteriously bend people's will to do the most horrific acts against nature, man and God.

    Shana Ting Lipton: Boleyn for Concubine

  • Whenever Wodehouse writes about an intimidatingly tall and handsome young woman (usually to contrast her with his heroines, who tend to be small and slight in build), he's parodying the "queenly" heroines of many novels at the time, particularly those of Ethel M. Dell (I've actually read an Ethel M. Dell novel and hope to write about it after the shell-shock wears off).

    Wodehouse the Parodist

  • There was something stately and distinguished in her carriage, "queenly" her friends called her, while her critics described her as reserved and distant.

    Beyond the City

  • And his goodwill sunned her wild-grown beauty into majesty, into a kind of queenly richness.

    Imaginary Portraits

  • Maud was waiting patiently for me, and I took notice, with a thrill of joy, of the queenly poise of her head and her glorious, calm eyes.

    Chapter 26

  • And then came a woman, queenly tall, crowned with a glory of hair that was like a golden sun.

    THE STORY OF JEES UCK

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  • I have made grief a gorgeous, queenly thing,
    And worn my melancholy with an air.
    My tears were big as stars to deck my hair,
    My silence stunning as a sapphire ring.

    - Winifred Welles, 'Exile'.

    September 21, 2009


  • Through storm, or serenely – whate'er I go through –
    God grant I be queenly! God grant I be true!
    To suffer in silence, and strike at a sign,
    Till all the fair islands of these seas are mine.

    - Henry Lawson, 'The Song of Australia'.

    *cringe*

    August 8, 2009