queen mother
noun Date: 1577 a queen dowager who is mother of the reigning sovereign

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  • Queen mother — is a title or position reserved for a widowed queen consort (a queen dowager ) whose son or daughter from that marriage is the reigning monarch. [A queen mother is defined as A Queen dowager who is the mother of the reigning sovereign by both the …   Wikipedia

  • Queen Mother — n [singular] the mother of the ruling king or queen Queen Mother 2 Queen Mother, the (1900 2002) the mother of the British Queen Elizabeth II, whose official title was Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. She was one of the most popular members of… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Queen mother — Queen Queen, n. [OE. quen, quene, queen, quean, AS. cw[=e]n wife, queen, woman; akin to OS. qu[=a]n wife, woman, Icel. kv[=a]n wife, queen, Goth. q[=e]ns. [root]221. See {Quean}.] 1. The wife of a king. [1913 Webster] 2. A woman who is the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • queen mother — n. a queen dowager who is mother of a reigning sovereign …   English World dictionary

  • queen mother — ► NOUN ▪ the widow of a king and mother of the sovereign …   English terms dictionary

  • queen mother — noun a queen dowager who is mother of the reigning sovereign • Hypernyms: ↑queen dowager * * * noun : a queen dowager who is mother of the reigning sovereign * * * a queen dowager who is mother of a reigning sovereign. [1570 80] * * * queen… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Queen Mother — N PROPER: the N The Queen Mother is the mother of a ruling king or queen …   English dictionary

  • queen mother — queen′ moth′er n. gov a queen dowager who is mother of a reigning sovereign • Etymology: 1570–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • queen mother — a queen dowager who is mother of a reigning sovereign. [1570 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • queen mother — n. mother of the queen …   English contemporary dictionary

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