Definition of Queen's English in English:

Queen's English

noun

  • [mass noun] The English language as written and spoken correctly by educated people in Britain.

    ‘they were reciting the words faultlessly in the Queen's English’
    • ‘Surely the ultimate irony is that a body, set up to support the Irish language in the Gaeltacht, is selling the area as a business location on the basis of the people being able to speak the Queen's English.’
    • ‘I can speak the Queen's English, if I so desire, but I can use our patois if it suits me and the situation calls for it.’
    • ‘That the report goes on to tell us to consider ‘whether speakers are of the same age, status, class or gender’ makes me feel as though I am being reminded to consider using my very best Queen's English in front of women and the aristocracy.’
    • ‘I do think it can hamper people if they talk Received Pronunciation, or what we called Queen's English.’
    • ‘Our choice of prepositions may not always be the Queen's English; we might occasionally split the infinitive; and we may drop an article here and add an extra one there.’
    • ‘Rather than trying to find out whether you speak the Queen's English at home, the tests are instead designed to see if you are able to interpret a text analytically.’
    • ‘As we all know, our pidgin dialect lacks the elegance and grace of the Queen's English.’
    • ‘It has become a kind of pastime for oldtimers, who have brushed shoulders with the users of Queen's English, to bemoan the progressive decline of the language left behind by the British.’
    • ‘Watching a sporting event on TV with Karl was like a grammar lesson - his expressions of dismay at the vague familiarity of the announcers with the Queen's English usually far exceeded any comments about the game itself.’
    • ‘When even the Queen doesn't speak Queen's English, what is happening to our language?’
    • ‘In some societies, there are standard ways of talking that are defined in terms of the practice of elite communities - the Queen's English, the language of the court.’
    • ‘I don't suppose governors-general are chosen for their writing ability, but is it too much to expect that the Queen's representative would be able to speak the Queen's English?’
    • ‘Along the sandy trail echoes of Brits speaking Castilian Spanish and Spaniards speaking the Queen's English could be heard.’
    • ‘Those who pride themselves on speaking the Queen's English probably think it's a right bad job.’
    • ‘An Irishman called Murphy has been educating himself to speak the Queen's English.’
    • ‘The Queen's English no longer rules in many parts of the world.’
    • ‘And I'm absolutely sure that was nothing at all to do with the fact that a good portion of the 400,000 on that march on Sunday were wealthy, well-connected, and spoke the Queen's English.’
    • ‘It hasn't helped that, on occasions, Ray has forgotten his proper Queen's English and reverted to Cockney.’
    • ‘When you win matches, people don't seem to care whether you speak the Queen's English or whether you express yourself in grunts and gestures.’
    • ‘There are still those who insist Inverness produces the purest - spoken Queen's English in the land.’