queen·​ship ˈkwēn-ˌship How to pronounce queenship (audio)
: the rank, dignity, or state of being a queen
: a regal quality like that of a queen

Examples of queenship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With William’s birth, the foremost responsibility of medieval queenship was fulfilled: There would be a male heir. David Routt, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Oct. 2022 Upon her father’s death, her awareness of being a young woman surrounded by older, more experienced men shaped the slightly quiescent, obedient style of her early queenship. Sarah Gristwood, CNN, 12 Sep. 2022 Drawing on this research, Maureen Quilligan gives us a feminist history of early modern queenship in When Women Ruled the World. Erin Maglaque, The New York Review of Books, 6 Apr. 2022 This forced society in Outremer to adapt to the concept of queenship and swallow the bitter pill of female rule. Katherine Pangonis, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Feb. 2022 But her path to queenship, her brief reign and her untimely death all show the politics underpinning succession in the Tudor years. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, 19 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of queenship was in 1536

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“Queenship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/queenship. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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