queen dowager


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queen dowager

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the widow of a king

queen′ dow′ager


n.
the widow of a king.
[1615–25]
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Noun1.queen dowager - the widow of a kingqueen dowager - the widow of a king      
queen - the wife or widow of a king
queen mother - a queen dowager who is mother of the reigning sovereign
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This pale, diminutive youth lived only 18 months more, leaving Mary a queen dowager before she had reached adulthood.
After Richard's death (which she certainly couldn't have mourned deeply), she was restored to her title of Queen Dowager by Henry VII.
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