Queen

Greek, gyne (a woman); Sanskrit, goni; Swedish, qvenna; Gothic, queins; Anglo-Saxon, cwen. (See Sir.)

Queen,
“woman,” is equivalent to “mother.” In the translation of the Bible by Ulfilas (fourth century), we meet with gens and gino (“wife” and “woman”); and in the Scandinavian languages karl and kone still mean “man” and “wife.” (See King.)

“He [Jesus] saith unto His mother, Woman, behold thy son.”- St. John xix. 26.

Queen

(The White). Mary Queen of Scots; so called because she dressed in white mourning for her French husband.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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