Definition of queenly in English:


adjectivequeenlier, queenliest

  • Resembling, fit for, or appropriate to a queen.

    ‘a dark-haired woman of queenly manner’
    • ‘And beyond those queenly duties, every other task in the hive - from gathering pollen to feeding larvae to flapping wings for air flow to cool the hive - can be done by any bee.’
    • ‘Maybe it's time for a real break anyway, rather than these forced little queenly waves from the carriage of my worldly cares.’
    • ‘Claudius sees through Gertrude's queenly behavior to the restlessness in her heart.’
    • ‘It's easy - and sometimes fun - to mock her queenly stature and cult following.’
    • ‘I came down and, in a pillared hall within the temple, the emperor stood in regal splendour - a queenly woman beside him - caught in a moment of deep crisis.’
    • ‘She continues: ‘But the woman inside that queenly thing, the ego, was a different matter.’’
    • ‘In either case, the story of queenly beauty would not be complete without the recognition that royal women have traditionally had far more chances than the average woman of actually being beautiful.’
    • ‘Apparently Her Majesty the Queen never travels without Malvern water, and there's certainly something queenly about the town that grew around the spa.’
    • ‘At her Julien Park, Diego Martin home, a gaunt, queenly 87-year-old Hazel sat on a sofa, staring into space.’
    • ‘Just four months before Pearl Harbor the queenly Augusta had carried President Roosevelt to a quiet Newfoundland bay for the first of many historic meetings with Winston Churchill.’
    • ‘Before the Second World War, actresses who played Titania usually aimed at an ethereal, queenly elegance and beauty.’
    • ‘My sister frequently demands queenly treatment, but her latest examples defy believability.’
    • ‘Matilda appears to have performed competently the expected queenly role of supporting her husband's rule and frequently acted as regent in England when he was in Normandy.’
    • ‘Likewise, Cameron's relation to her subjects does look hard and controlling, imperious at times, even queenly, and this is as much a part of its significance in a circle of mothers and daughters as its tenderness.’
    • ‘I was walking in queenly honor and majesty feeling enormous pleasure and gratitude to all in my life who bring me so much joy.’
    • ‘While Mary successfully projected queenly serenity, her place in political theory was another matter.’
    • ‘We should not mistake this set of influential women for a proof of female independence and autonomy: queenly power was often contested, and all the evidence we have for female autonomy shows it to have been both fragile and circumscribed.’
    • ‘She was a remarkably beautiful woman for her age, queenly and graceful.’
    • ‘Campbell worked with a dialect coach to perfect her queenly accent, which sounds fresh from the old British film Brief Encounter.’
    • ‘Hence the virginal Elizabeth, who was chaste and civilised where her queenly predecessor was promiscuous and barbaric.’
    exalted, august, great, awesome, elevated, sublime, lofty
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