- the widow of a king.
Origin of queen dowager
First recorded in 1615–25
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Examples from the Web for queen dowager
The queen-dowager's French tendencies were more than suspected.
Henry, with his young charge, was at Rouen, when the Queen-dowager arrived.Life of Mary Queen of Scots, Volume I (of 2)
Henry Glassford Bell
The Queen-Dowager received her, and everyone at Court made a fuss of her.German Problems and Personalities
The queen-dowager betook herself to Oslo with her daughter, intending thence to proceed to Sweden, where she owned large estates.
This act Haakon's step-mother, the queen-dowager Margaret, regarded as an insult to her, and determined to leave the country.
- the widow of a king