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Meaning of KINGLY

Pronunciation:  'kinglee

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  having the rank of or resembling or befitting a king; "symbolizing kingly power"; "the murder of his kingly guest"

KINGLY is a 6 letter word that starts with K.


 Synonyms: kinglike, noble



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \King"ly\, a. [Compar. {Kinglier}; superl. {Kingliest}.]
    Belonging to, suitable to, or becoming, a king;
    characteristic of, 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.
          The kingliest kings are crowned with thorn. --G.
          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.
  2. \King"ly\, adv.
    In a kingly or kinglike manner. --Shak.
          Low bowed the rest; he, kingly, did but nod. --Pore.
    Note: Although this citation, one from Paradise Lost, and one
          from Shakespeare's ll4th Sonnet are given by
          lexicographers as examples of adverbial use, it is by
          no means clear that the word is not an adjective in
          each instance.
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