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
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.
That night was one of many such evenings in queenly Venice.
There is little that can credibly be called queenly about these creatures, least of all when they display their menacing teeth.
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!
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.
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).
There was something stately and distinguished in her carriage, "queenly" her friends called her, while her critics described her as reserved and distant.
And his goodwill sunned her wild-grown beauty into majesty, into a kind of queenly richness.
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.
And then came a woman, queenly tall, crowned with a glory of hair that was like a golden sun.