queen regnant

noun
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 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, "How the 19th Amendment Complicated the Status and Role of Women in Hawaii," 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, "The Myth of ‘Bloody Mary’," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of queen regnant

circa 1639, in the meaning defined above

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“Queen regnant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/queen%20regnant. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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