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queen regnant

PRONUNCIATION:
(kween REG-nuhnt)

MEANING:
noun: A queen reigning in her own right, as opposed to one having a royal title by marriage.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin regnare (reign). Ultimately from the Indo-European root reg- (to move in a straight line, to lead or rule) that is also the source of regime, direct, rectangle, erect, rectum, alert, source, and surge.
The wife of a ruling king is known as a queen consort. The husband of a queen regnant would be a king consort, though usually he is called a prince.
A queen ruling during the youth, disability, or absence of a monarch is known as a queen regent.

USAGE:
"It's up to a queen regnant what title her husband will have, Cooper added."
Q&A; The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution; Apr 4, 2002.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty. -Stephen King, novelist (b. 1947)

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