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Queen (noun)

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Queen. n.s. [cƿn, Saxon, a woman, a wife, the wife of a king.]

  1. The wife of a king.

                        He was lapt
    In a most curious mantle, wrought by the hand
    Of his queen mother.
    Shakesp. Cymbeline.

  2. A woman who is sovereign of a kingdom.

    That queen Elizabeth lived sixty-nine, and reigned forty-five years, means no more than, that the duration of her existence was equal to sixty-nine, and the duration of her government to forty-five revolutions of the sun. Locke.

                    Have I a queen
    Past by my fellow rulers of the world?
    Have I refus'd their blood to mix with yours,
    And raise new kings from so obscure a race?
    Dryden.

Sources: Shakespeare's Cymbeline (73) · Dryden, John (788) · Locke, John (269)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Queen (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 30, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=8549.


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