from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See queen.


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  • That same summer, he offended the queen-mother when he refused to make an astrological prognostication for her son because he regarded predictions of the future of individuals as superstitious and contrary to church law.

    Loss of Faith

  • The old queen-mother was fairly afraid of her; she even left off beating

    The Newcomes

  • Words of the like import were designedly cast abroad by the queen-mother and her adherents.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • For the favors shown to other strangers were nothing in comparison with the honors conferred on him; the king invited him to partake of his own pastimes and recreations both at home and abroad, carrying him with him a-hunting, and made him his intimate so far that he permitted him to see the queen-mother, and converse frequently with her.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • Thereupon, the court was all in an uproar and tumult, the queen-mother bearing almost the whole blame of the enterprise, and her retainers being suspected and accused.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • How is it that an egg deposited by the queen-mother in a more than ordinarily capacious compartment hatches a grub, “just like any other,” which grub, feasting upon the concentrated food stored within its cell, expands and lengthens and emerges an amber queen in all her glory?

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • By the mediation of Armand-Jean du Plessis (1585–1642), cardinal-duke of Richelieu, a treaty was concluded between Luynes and the queen-mother (1619).


  • Arrest and murder of Concini; the queen-mother banished to Blois (1617).


  • The Guises, at first rivals of the queen-mother and then in alliance with her, conducted the affairs of state and surpassed in influence their opponents, the Catholic constable, Montmorency, and his nephews, the three Châtillon brothers: Gaspard, Admiral de Coligny; François d'Andelot, and Cardinal Châtillon, later leaders of the Huguenots.


  • Plexippus, the brothers of Althæa, the fair queen-mother.

    A Book of Myths


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