One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A supporter or partisan of a queen; specifically (in the 19th cent.) (a) a supporter of Queen Caroline against George IV; (b) a supporter of Queen Isabella of Spain against Don Carlos; (c) a Maori loyal to Queen Victoria rather than to the Maori king.
Early 19th century. From queen + -ite. Compare earlier Queenist. With specifically use referring to the supporters of Queen Caroline compare Queenomania.
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