Kingliest
Kingly King"ly, a. [Compar. {Kinglier}; superl. {Kingliest}.] Belonging to, suitable to, or becoming, a king; characteristic of, or resembling, a king; directed or administered by a king; monarchical; royal; sovereign; regal; august; noble; grand. ``Kingly magnificence.'' --Sir P. Sidney. ``A kingly government.'' --Swift. ``The kingly couch.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The kingliest kings are crowned with thorn. --G. Massey. [1913 Webster]

Leave kingly backs to cope with kingly cares. --Cowper.

Syn: Regal; royal; monarchical; imperial; august; sovereign; noble; splendid.

Usage: {Kingly}, {Regal}. Kingly is Anglo-Saxon, and refers especially to the character of a king; regal is Latin, and now relates more to his office. The former is chiefly used of dispositions, feelings, and purposes which are kinglike; as, kingly sentiments; kingly condescension; `` a kingly heart for enterprises.'' --Sir P. Sidney. The latter is oftener applied to external state, pomp, etc.; as, regal state, regal title, etc. This distinction is not observed by our early writers, but is gaining ground. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • kingliest — king·ly || kɪŋlɪ adj. regal, royal, like a king; of or pertaining to a king adv. majestically, regally, royally; in the manner of a king …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Kinglier — Kingly King ly, a. [Compar. {Kinglier}; superl. {Kingliest}.] Belonging to, suitable to, or becoming, a king; characteristic of, or resembling, a king; directed or administered by a king; monarchical; royal; sovereign; regal; august; noble; grand …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Kingly — King ly, a. [Compar. {Kinglier}; superl. {Kingliest}.] Belonging to, suitable to, or becoming, a king; characteristic of, or resembling, a king; directed or administered by a king; monarchical; royal; sovereign; regal; august; noble; grand.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kingly — kingliness, n. /king lee/, adj., kinglier, kingliest, adv. adj. 1. stately or splendid, as resembling, suggesting, or befitting a king; regal: He strode into the room with a kingly air. 2. pertaining or proper to a king: kingly power. 3. having… …   Universalium

  • kingly — UK [ˈkɪŋlɪ] / US adjective Word forms kingly : adjective kingly comparative kinglier superlative kingliest literary like a king, or connected with a king …   English dictionary

  • kingly — /ˈkɪŋli/ (say kinglee) adjective (kinglier, kingliest) 1. having the rank of a king. 2. consisting of kings or of royal rank. 3. resembling, suggesting, or befitting a king; king like: he strode into the room with a kingly air. 4. relating or… …   Australian English dictionary

  • kingly — [kiŋ′lē] adj. kinglier, kingliest [ME] of, like, or fit for a king or kings; royal; regal; noble kingliness n …   English World dictionary

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