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queen dowager

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noun
  1. the widow of a king.
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Origin of queen dowager

First recorded in 1615–25
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Historical Examples

  • The queen-dowager's French tendencies were more than suspected.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 57, No. 352, February 1845

    Various

  • Henry, with his young charge, was at Rouen, when the Queen-dowager arrived.

  • The Queen-Dowager received her, and everyone at Court made a fuss of her.

  • The queen-dowager betook herself to Oslo with her daughter, intending thence to proceed to Sweden, where she owned large estates.

    The Story of Norway

    Hjalmar H. Boyesen

  • This act Haakon's step-mother, the queen-dowager Margaret, regarded as an insult to her, and determined to leave the country.

    The Story of Norway

    Hjalmar H. Boyesen


British Dictionary definitions for queen dowager

queen dowager

noun
  1. the widow of a king
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