From earlier cwœ̄n ← *kwœ̄ni ← *kwōni ← *kwą̄ni, from Proto-West Germanic *kwāni (“woman, wife”), from Proto-Germanic *kwēniz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷḗn. Cognate with Old Saxon quān, Old Norse kvæn, Gothic 𐌵𐌴𐌽𐍃 (qēns). The Indo-European root is also the source of Ancient Greek γυνή (gunḗ), Proto-Slavic *žena, and Old Irish ben.
- Engla cwēn
- The queen of England
- Sēo cwēn wafode holdlīċe þām folce.
- The queen waved graciously to the people.
- Sē cyning and sēo cwēn þanciaþ þē þīnre þeġnunge.
- The king and queen thank you for your service.
- cwene (“woman, wife”)