Queen of Sheba

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the Biblical and other traditional accounts of the Queen of Sheba.

NounEdit

Queen of Sheba (plural Queens of Sheba)

  1. (figuratively) A pampered female with an aristocratic demeanor.
    • 1850, William Makepeace Thackeray, The History of Pendennis, ch. 5:
      "It is very fine weather," Miss Fotheringay said, in an Irish accent, and with a deep rich melancholy voice. . . . "And very warm," continued this empress and Queen of Sheba.
    • 1922, Mary Roberts Rinehart, The Breaking Point, ch. 17:
      At three o'clock that afternoon the Sayre limousine stopped in front of Nina's house, and Mrs. Sayre, in brilliant pink and a purple hat, got out. Leslie, lounging in a window, made the announcement. "Here's the Queen of Sheba," he said.
    • 2004, Diana Abu-Jaber, Crescent, ISBN 9780393325546, p. 90:
      "Where is she?" Um-Nadia cries out. "Where is that Queen of Sheba?" Sirine is yawning. It was quite late when she finally walked out of Han's big dark car and into her house.
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