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From Middle English quēnlī, from Old English cwēnlīċ, equivalent to queen +‎ -ly.


queenly (comparative queenlier, superlative queenliest)

  1. Having the status, rank or qualities of a queen; regal.
    • 1860, George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, Book IV, Chapter III, [1]
      So Maggie, glad of anything that would soothe her mother, and cheer their long day together, consented to the vain decoration, and showed a queenly head above her old frocks, steadily refusing, however, to look at herself in the glass.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Chapter 13,
      There was an innate refinement, a languid queenly hauteur about Gerty which was unmistakably evidenced in her delicate hands and higharched instep.


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queenly (comparative queenlier, superlative queenliest)

  1. In a queenly manner; regally.