Queen. n.s. [cƿn, Saxon, a woman, a wife, the wife of a king.]
- The wife of a king.
He was lapt
In a most curious mantle, wrought by the hand
Of his queen mother. Shakesp. Cymbeline.
- 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.