queen of the May

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n queen of the May the girl chosen queen of a May Day festival
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Queen of the May =May-queen (see May); * Queen's Bench (court of: see King); * Queen's colour, one of the pair of colours belonging to each regiment in our army; * Queen's counsel (see Counsel); * Queen's English, correct use of the English language; * Queen's evidence (see Evident); * Queen's messenger (see Message)
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cwén; Goth. kwēns, Ice. kván, kvæn.

Usage

In literature:

Moreover, Dionysos was always of the people, of the "working classes," just as the King and Queen of the May are now.
"Ancient Art and Ritual" by Jane Ellen Harrison
Now we hear, on the very eve of this May anniversary, that the QUEEN herself has been baptized.
"Fruits of Toil in the London Missionary Society" by Various
La Catanaise endeavors to excite the fears of the Queen, insinuating that the Pope may give the crown to Andrea.
"Frédéric Mistral" by Charles Alfred Downer
Be that as it may, when the King and Queen crossed the threshold, a mighty flourish of trumpets arose, and a waving of banners.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
I trust that it may be a lasting memorial not only of that but of the Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen.
"The Life of King Edward VII" by J. Castell Hopkins
It will sometimes happen that a queen may be lost at the extreme end of the swarming season, when no other stock contains such cells.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
Her rural Majesty is a sort of first cousin of the Queen of the May.
"The Little Manx Nation - 1891" by Hall Caine
Mr. Morris arrived in Paris, in May, 1792, and on the second of June he was introduced to the king and queen.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
And they choose a little girl for Queen of the May.
"A Little Maid of Province Town" by Alice Turner Curtis
Every moment of the seventh, we expected the queen to leave the royal cell shut on the thirtieth of May.
"New observations on the natural history of bees" by Francis Huber
The queen may repent her of his imprisonment at any time, and then thou mayst never see another to hold communion with.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
The Queen repeats her wish that her letter of yesterday may be communicated to the Cabinet.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume III (of 3), 1854-1861" by Queen of Great Britain Victoria
The 24th of May, the birthday of the good Queen, brought him the longed-for holiday.
"The Silver Maple" by Marian Keith
The next minute may see me Queen of Saxony.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
Is not the hawthorn for the Queen of May?
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various
In the month of May or June, however, a private interview with the queen, in the Royal Garden of St.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 3, August, 1850." by Various
That the queen, 8th of May, 26 Hen.
"History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Death of Elizabeth. Vol. II." by James Anthony Froude
The Queen of Heaven may often be seen standing in the skies, dividing the wind with her sword.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
She may have survived to see the accession of Queen Anne.
"Francis Beaumont: Dramatist" by Charles Mills Gayley
These figures are absolutely incorrect, as may be seen from the date of the letter of Queen Catherine to D. Bernardo.
"The Strange Adventures of Andrew Battell" by Andrew Battell
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In poetry:

Gem of the Prairies and Queen of the fair,
Brightest of Jewels that Autumn may bear;
Spread to the morning thy beauties serene -
Joyful the sunbeam shall sport in thy sheen.
"To The Pearl Vested Spikenard" by Henry Pelham Holmes Bromwell
Like flights of singing-birds went by
The cheerful hours of girlhood's day,
When, in my native bowers,
Of simple buds and flowers
They wove a crown, and hailed me Queen of May!
"The May-Queen." by George Pope Morris
Though years have passed, and Time has strown
My raven locks with flakes of gray,
Fond Memory brings the hours
Of buds and blossom-showers
When in girlhood I was crowned the Queen of May.
"The May-Queen." by George Pope Morris
Like airy sprites the lasses came,
Spring's offerings at my feet to lay;
The crystal from the fountain,
The green bough from the mountain,
They brought to cheer and shade the Queen of May.
"The May-Queen." by George Pope Morris
Long may he reign, happy and serene,
Also his Queen most beautiful to be seen;
And may God guard his family by night and day,
That they may tread in the paths of virtue and not go astray.
"McGonagall's Ode to the King" by William Topaz McGonagall
All hail to the Empress of India and Great Britain's Queen!
Long may she live happy and serene!
And as this is now her Jubilee year,
I hope her subjects will show their loyalty without fear.
"An Ode to the Queen on Her Jubilee Year" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

They may be the most powerful couples in the free world and rub shoulders with the likes of George Clooney and the Queen of England, but the Obama and Biden families face many of the same financial challenges as the rest of us.
This deity may be none other than the goddess Hekate, the Queen of the Crossroads.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on a carriage departs Buckingham Palace on her way to the Houses of Parliament for the State Opening, in London, Wednesday, May 9, 2012.
Thug love may rule the airwaves, but some of R&B's queen bees aren't having any of that.
When she appeared as queen of the Krewe of Nereus , Miss May Van Benthuysen reaped generous applause.
A group of Valley cowgirls and cowboys have been invited to perform for Queen Elizabeth this May, that's right, the Queen of England .
11/3 QUEEN News of the World 35th anniversary ( Brian May, Roger Deacon ).
Saviour 's Church, a 19th-century wooden church in Queens that's on the cusp of demolition, may itself finally have a savior .
"The Queen of Bingo" runs May 4 - 19.
This year, Montreal celebrates the 40th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous bed-in (from May 26-June 2), which took place at the city's Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
IN WHAT could either turn out to be a romance that will rock the world of tweens or become a sappy, overdubbed, hook-laden song on Taylor Swift's next album, the 22-year-old country/pop queen may be dating One Direction's Harry Styles.
But instead of the more prominent role New Jersey had hoped to play in picking a president by moving its primary from June to February, the state may have blown its chance to be a king- or queen-maker.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Kenny Vance and his band The Planotones toured the country but they have come back to Vance's roots for a concert on May 15 at Queens College in Flushing.
The seller, who goes by the handle queenfan.nl, has a store that features an extensive collection of Queen, Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor rarities.
Queen guitarist Brian May recently recorded updated versions of the hit theme song to the popular 1966 wildlife film Born Free with British singer/actress Kerry Ellis, and the tracks are now available in the US via iTunes.
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