queen

queen
\ \ [OE] Queen goes back ultimately to prehistoric Indo-European *gwen- ‘woman’, source also of Greek gunéwoman’ (from which English gets gynaecology), Persian zanwoman’ (from which English gets zenanaharem’), Swedish kvinnawoman’, and the now obsolete English queanwoman’. In its very earliest use in Old English queen (or cwēn, as it then was) was used for a ‘wife’, but not just any wife: it denoted the wife of a man of particular distinction, and usually a king. It was not long before it became institutionalized as ‘king’s wife’, and hence ‘woman ruling in her own right’.
\ \ Cf.GYNAECOLOGY, QUEAN, ZENANA

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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