quene (plural quenes)
- Obsolete spelling of
From Old English cwēn (“woman, wife, queen”) (the final schwa is by analogy with other Old English feminine nouns, such as Etymology 2), from Proto-West Germanic *kwāni, from Proto-Germanic *kwēniz, from a derivative of *gʷḗn (“woman, wife”). Cognates include:
quene (plural quenes or (early) quene)
- A queen (female monarch; queen regnant)
- A queen (consort to a king or similar ruler; queen consort)
- Any powerful woman noble (e.g. a former queen consort, a duchess, etc.)
- A female divine or holy figure; a female divinity or the Virgin Mary.
- A female embodiment, exemplar, or representation of a moral ideal.
- (familiar) An affectionate or loving way to refer to a woman one loves.
- (rare) A female follower of Christianity in heaven.
- (rare, Late Middle English) The queen (chess piece introduced towards the end of the ME era)
- “quẹ̄n(e, n.(2).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 6 May 2019.
From Old English cwene (“woman, wife, prostitute”), from Proto-West Germanic *kwenā, from Proto-Germanic *kwenǭ, from the same Indo-European source as above. Cognate to Gothic 𐌵𐌹𐌽𐍉 (qinō), Middle High German kone, kan, kun, quëne, Old Norse kona, and Middle Low German quene.