the King's/Queen's English

the King's English

The standard form of English, as spoken by educated people in England. (When the ruling monarch in the United Kingdom is a queen, it is called "the Queen's English.") We're friends now, so quit being so formal and speaking the King's English. As a professor, you really should speak the King's English.
See also: English

the Queen's English

The standard, "correct" form of English, as spoken by educated people in Britain. (When the ruling monarch in the United Kingdom is a king, it is called "the King's English.") We're friends now, so quit being so formal and speaking the Queen's English. As a professor, you really should speak the Queen's English.
See also: English
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(The) Queen's English

"Official" British English. He can't even speak The Queen's English! Despicable!
See also: English
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the ˌKing’s/ˌQueen’s ˈEnglish

(old-fashioned or humorous) (in Britain) correct standard English: I can’t understand a word you’re saying. Can’t you speak the Queen’s English?
See also: English
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