Definitions

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

  • adj. Having the status or rank of king.
  • adj. Of, like, or befitting a king; majestic and regal.
  • adv. In a royal way; royally.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Majestic and regal.
  • adv. In a royal manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to, suitable to, or becoming, a king; characteristic of, or resembling, a king; directed or administered by a king; monarchical; royal; sovereign; regal; august; noble; grand.
  • adv. In a kingly or kinglike manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a king or kings; royal.
  • Of regal character or quality; king-like; exalted.
  • Synonyms Regal, etc. See royal.
  • In the manner of a king; royally.

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

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

Etymologies

From Middle English kyngly, from Old English *cyninglīċ ("kingly, royal"), equivalent to king +‎ -ly. Cognate with Dutch koninklijk ("kingly, royal"), German königlich ("kingly"), Swedish kunglig ("kingly"). Compare also Old English cynelīċ ("kingly, royal, public"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English kyngly, from Old English *cyninglīċe ("kingly, royally"), equivalent to king +‎ -ly. Compare Old English cynelīċe ("kingly, royally, publicly"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then the king kept silence and looked at the ground, and at length said to him in kingly fashion: "Behold, oh bishop, the poor people of this land are brought to shame, and I would rather fall in battle so that my people can continued to possess their land."

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  • The supreme techne he calls kingly, and this is the techne that guides the use of all others

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  • Nothing is so good, nothing so serviceable to human life, as the smoking of tobacco -- which may well be called a kingly plant, seeing that the monarchs of the earth are not ashamed to use it.

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  • What he did not find there was the natural prerogative -- such justification, in kingly, that is to say, in exceptional, qualities, of the exceptional position, as makes it practicable in the result.

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  • Some of the styles of this discipline are listed below: First, we have Raja Yoga which is also referred to as the kingly form, and the discipline's chief practice is considered to be meditation which is also known to include several other methods that are known to help an individual control energy, body, mind and senses.

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  • Although the first two presidents gave yearly addresses, Thomas Jefferson decided in 1801 that anything so resembling the British monarch's annual Speech From the Throne was too "kingly" for a young country fresh from a revolution.

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  • My kids have used the gold for "kingly" costumes, the silver to be knights, and the bluey-holographic to be elves aka The Lord of the Rings.

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  • When America's Founders revolted against "taxation without representation," this is precisely the kind of kingly diktat they had in mind.

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  • He had gone to ruin with a kind of kingly Abandon, like one who condescended; but once ruined, with the lights all out, he fought as for a kingdom.

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  • I find the third interpretation most logically compelling of the three, although I am personally uncomfortable with much emphasis on the moral obligation of a husband to rule a woman or his house with some kind of kingly authority.

    Solomon’s Song of Love

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  • Here are no heirlooms
    Save those of loveliness,
    In which each tree
    Is kingly in its heritage of grace.

    - David Rosenthal, 'Trees Need Not Walk the Earth'.

    September 23, 2009