Definition of Queensberry rules in US English:

Queensberry rules

plural noun

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

    • ‘His career was so important for the legitimacy of Queensberry rules boxing as we know it today.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Queensberry Rules will have to be altered to allow two opponents to climb into the same ring as Lennox Lewis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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,’
    1. 1.1 Standard rules of polite or acceptable behavior.
      • ‘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.


Queensberry rules

/ˈkwēnzberē ˌro͞olz/