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1. A woman; a young or unmarried woman; a girl.

2. A low woman; a wench; a slut. The dread of every scolding quean.

Origin: Originally, a woman, AS. Cwene; akin to OS. Quena, OHG. Quena, Icel. Kona, Goth qin, and AS. Cwen, also to Gr. Woman, wife, Skr. Gna goddess. Cf. Queen.