cwen

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *kwēniz (woman, wife), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷḗn. Cognate with Old Saxon quān, Old Norse kvæn, Gothic 𐌵𐌴𐌽𐍃 (qens). 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 жена (žena)), Old Irish ben (Welsh benyw), and Albanian zonjë.

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cwēn f

  1. woman
    Seo clæneste cwen ofer eorþan.
    The purest woman on earth.
  2. wife
  3. queen
    Aðelwulf cyng Carles dohtor hæfde to cwene.
    King Athelwulf took Charles's daughter as his queen.

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