Definition of Queensberry Rules in English:

Queensberry Rules

plural noun

  • 1The standard rules of boxing, originally drawn up in 1867 to govern the sport in Britain.

    • ‘The Queensberry Rules will have to be altered to allow two opponents to climb into the same ring as Lennox Lewis.’
    • ‘But almost three years later, taunted by young fighters, he agreed to a new championship battle, this one to be fought according to the Queensberry rules.’
    • ‘John L. Sullivan, who won the heavyweight title in 1882 with bare knuckles and lost it under Queensberry Rules wearing gloves in 1892, died of a heart attack at age 59,’
    • ‘This is perhaps due to the high incidence of death and physical injury in fights which led the Thai government to institute a ban on Muay Thai in the 1920s, but in the 1930s the art was revived under a modern set of regulations based on the international Queensberry rules.’
    • ‘His career was so important for the legitimacy of Queensberry rules boxing as we know it today.’
    1. 1.1 Standard rules of polite or acceptable behaviour.
      ‘you can't live by the Queensberry Rules, you know’
      • ‘At this point, Queensbury rules dictate that I mention I've known Martin for almost a decade now.’
      • ‘It's normally about now that I start considering the use of Queensberry Rules to settle matters in a satisfactory fashion.’


Late 19th century: named after John Sholto Douglas (1844–1900), 9th Marquess of Queensberry, who supervised the preparation of the rules.


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