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QUEAN. A worthless woman a strumpet. The meaning of this word, which is now seldom used, is said not to be well ascertained. 2 Roll. Ab. 296 Bac. Ab. Stander, U 3.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The occurrences of boy, girl, kid, lad(die), lass(ock)(ie), man, quean and woman were then counted in both CMSW and in the RLS corpus using Wordsmith Tools (Scott, 2004); vocative forms were identified on the basis of a close qualitative reading of the occurrences; finally, figures were normalized per 10,000 words.
Brian Jacques' THE SABLE QUEAN (9780399251641, $23.99) provides another fine Redwall fantasy for older teen readers.
Brief references to two minor characters imply that pregnancy outside marriage occurs commonly among the metal workers: "Norman had got a tart into trouble," and Bob's "quean was "two months gone already" (526, 648).
Chapter 3 examines how Jonson uses the staging of a fairy queen (or quean) to ameliorate religious satire in The Alchemist.
Anti-blasphemy laws provide the death penalty for defiling Islam or its prophets; life imprisonment for defiling, damaging, or desecrating the Quean; and 10 years' imprisonment for insulting the religious feelings of any citizen.
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By contrast, the knowledge used to produce information is harder to codify or summarize on a piece of paper (Audretsch, Quean).
That year she made her West End debut in "Knave and Quean" and had a major London success the following year in Eugene O'Neill's "Strange Interlude." By 1933, she had starred in the smash Jerome Kern tuner "Music in the Air," prompting Novello to pen three musicals for her: the smashes "Glamorous Night" (1935) and "The Dancing Years" (1939) as well as the less successful "Arc de Triomphe" (1943).