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queen mother

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noun
  1. a queen dowager who is mother of a reigning sovereign.
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Origin of queen mother

First recorded in 1570–80
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Related Words

monarchrulerempressregentconsort

Examples from the Web for queen mother

Historical Examples

  • They picked up their baskets and told the Queen-Mother what had happened to them.

    The Chinese Fairy Book

    Various

  • The Saint then took a cloud and sailed away on it to the palace of the Queen-Mother.

  • A month ago a courier was dispatched to him by the Queen-Mother.

    St. Martin's Summer

    Rafael Sabatini

  • The queen-mother could not have been surprised at this avowal.

  • The queen-mother lifted her from the floor, and tenderly embraced her.


British Dictionary definitions for queen mother

queen mother

noun
  1. the widow of a former king who is also the mother of the reigning sovereign
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