cwen

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See also: cƿen

Old English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From earlier cwœ̄n, from earlier *kwōni ← *kwāni, from Proto-Germanic *kwēniz (woman, wife), 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), (Greek γυναίκα (gynaíka)), Proto-Slavic *žena (Old Church Slavonic жена (žena), Russian жена́ (žená)), Old Irish ben (Welsh benyw), and Albanian zonjë.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cwēn f

  1. queen
    Engla cwēn
    The queen of England
    Sēo cwēn wafode holdlīċe tō þām folce.
    The queen waved graciously to the people.
    Se cyning and sēo cwēn þanciaþ þē þīnre þeġnunge.
    The king and queen thank you for your service.
  2. woman
  3. wife

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Related terms[edit]

  • cwene (woman, wife)

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