queen regnant

plural queens regnant

Definition of queen regnant

: a queen reigning in her own right

Examples of queen regnant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even before her husband’s death in 1143, Melisende had ruled as queen regnant of Jerusalem. Katherine Pangonis, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Feb. 2022 Melisende—Jerusalem’s first queen regnant—is a shadowy figure in medieval chronicles, appearing fleetingly in the pages of histories written by men and about men. Katherine Pangonis, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Feb. 2022 Queen Liliʻuokalani was elected in 1891 as the first and only queen regnant of the Hawaiian Kingdom and shepherded the country through a period of intense growth. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Aug. 2020 England’s first queen regnant was not a vindictive, violent woman, nor a pathetic, lovestruck wife who would have been better off as a nun. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of queen regnant

circa 1639, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of queen regnant was circa 1639

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24 May 2022

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“Queen regnant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/queen%20regnant. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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