Definition of Marquis of Queensberry rules in English:

Marquis of Queensberry rules

(also Marquess of Queensberry rules, Marquess of Queensbury rules, Marquis of Queensbury rules)


  • Queensberry rules. Also absol. as "Marquis of Queensberry", and in extended use.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle. From the title of Sir John Sholto Douglas, eighth Marquess of Queensberry, who supervised the preparation of the rules + the plural of rule.


Marquis of Queensberry rules

/ˌmɑːkwɪs əv ˈkwiːnzb(ə)rɪ ˌruːlz/