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Designating styles of architecture or furniture popular during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Queen Elizabeth is dead
: used humorously and ironically as a typical example of old news, usually with the implication that someone is simply stating the obvious or restating a well-worn or accepted truth. Compare "Queen Anne is dead". rare.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in William Wycherley (bap. 1641, d. 1716), playwright. From Queen Elizabeth, the name of Elizabeth I, Queen of England and Ireland, who reigned from 1558–1603.
Queen Elizabeth/ˌkwiːn ɪˈlɪzəbəθ/
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