queen etymology

English word queen comes from Proto-Indo-European *gʷen-, and later Proto-Indo-European *gʷḗn (Woman.)

Detailed word origin of queen

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*gʷen- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*gʷḗn Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Woman.
*kwēniz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Wife.
*kwenǭ Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Woman.
cwēn Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
cwen Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Queen. Wife. Woman.
cwene Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Accusative singular/plural of cwēn. Genitive/dative singular of cwēn. Nominative plural of cwēn A woman.
cwen Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
queen English (eng) (BDSM, slang, transitive, of a female) To sit on the face of (a partner) to receive oral sex.. (beekeeping) To be the queen of a colony.. (beekeeping) To provide with a new queen.. (chess) To promote a pawn, usually to a queen.. (intransitive, obsolete) To act the part of a queen; to queen it.. To make a queen. (LGBT, slang, often, derogatory) An effeminate male homosexual. (Compare drag [...]

Words with the same origin as queen

Descendants of *gʷen-
dragon queenie