One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In folklore, fairy tales, etc.: a female spirit or supernatural being who rules over a land of ice and snow.
2Figurative (frequently derogatory) A cold-hearted and emotionless woman; (in later use) specifically a woman (especially a beautiful or alluring one) who is regarded as cold or unresponsive.
Early 19th century (in an earlier sense). From ice + queen.
ice queen/ˈʌɪs kwiːn/
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