queen mother

noun

Definition of queen mother 

: a queen dowager who is mother of the reigning sovereign

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Every male leader, from king to local chieftain, is balanced by a queen mother—a senior woman chosen from the ruling lineage. Susan Delson, WSJ, "In Dallas, the Golden Legacy of Ghana," 12 Apr. 2018 Get ready for a lot of stunning ball gowns, snobby queen mothers, and fairytale endings—because here’s your full list of the best royal Hallmark movies ever. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "The Best Royal Hallmark Movies of All Time," 15 May 2018 Photo: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston The final gallery adds an American touch, with portraits of Asante royalty and honorary Akan royalty living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area—among them the local Asante chief and queen mother. Susan Delson, WSJ, "In Dallas, the Golden Legacy of Ghana," 12 Apr. 2018 And surprisingly, this current 24th cycle — which finds Banks restored to queen mother status after letting Rita Ora baby-sit for a year — isn’t showing its years (despite removing its maximum age cap). Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "The queen mother of ‘America’s Next Top Model’," 12 Mar. 2018 Winston Duke is awesome in a supporting role as T’Challa’s rival, M’Baku; Angela Bassett is resplendent as Wakandan queen mother Ramonda; and Sterling K. Brown gives a heartfelt performance as N’Jobu, who has ties to Wakanda’s complicated past. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Rousing, representative 'Black Panther' is one spectacular superhero," 6 Feb. 2018 But for some reason, Antonescu had respect for the queen mother, Helen. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Good King Michael," 16 Jan. 2018 In May 2017 Ghana doubled the monthly stipends the state pays to senior chiefs and queen mothers to 1,000 and 800 cedis ($222 and $177) respectively. The Economist, "Chiefs in commandAfrica’s chiefs are more trusted than its politicians," 19 Dec. 2017 Last week, none other than the queen mother, Beyoncé, honored him with Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award for his protests during the 2016 NFL season. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Goodell Doubles Down on Claim That Kaepernick Isn’t Being Blackballed," 11 Dec. 2017

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1560, in the meaning defined above

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