the only fertile female in a colony of social insects such as bees and ants and termites; its function is to lay eggs
queen, queen regnant, female monarch(noun)
a female sovereign ruler
the wife or widow of a king
something personified as a woman who is considered the best or most important of her kind
"Paris is the queen of cities"; "the queen of ocean liners"
king, queen, world-beater(noun)
a competitor who holds a preeminent position
one of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a queen
(chess) the most powerful piece
queen, queen mole rat(noun)
an especially large mole rat and the only member of a colony of naked mole rats to bear offspring which are sired by only a few males
promote to a queen, as of a pawn in chess
become a queen
"her pawn queened"
A female monarch. Example: Queen Victoria
The wife or widow of a king. Example: Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
The most powerful piece, able to move any number of spaces horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
A playing card with the picture of a queen on its face, the twelfth card in a given suit.
A powerful or forceful female person.
An effeminate male homosexual. See drag queen.
A reproductive female animal in a hive, such as an ant, bee, termite or wasp.
An adult female cat valued for breeding. See tom.
to make a queen
to promote a pawn, usually to a queen.
To sit on the face of (a partner) to receive oral sex.
A title given to queens.
Queen Elizabeth II
Origin: From quene, from cwen, cwene. The same Middle English word also yielded quean. Ultimately from kwēniz, from gʷḗn.
the wife of a king
a woman who is the sovereign of a kingdom; a female monarch; as, Elizabeth, queen of England; Mary, queen of Scots
a woman eminent in power or attractions; the highest of her kind; as, a queen in society; -- also used figuratively of cities, countries, etc
the fertile, or fully developed, female of social bees, ants, and termites
the most powerful, and except the king the most important, piece in a set of chessmen
a playing card bearing the picture of a queen; as, the queen of spades
a male homosexual, esp. one who is effeminate or dresses in women's clothing
to act the part of a queen
to make a queen (or other piece, at the player's discretion) of by moving it to the eighth row; as, to queen a pawn
Origin: [OE. quen, quene, queen, quean, AS. cwn wife, queen, woman; akin to OS. qun wife, woman, Icel. kvn wife, queen, Goth. qns. 221. See Quean.]
Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970, originally consisting of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor. Queen's earliest works were influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works, incorporating further diverse styles into their music. Before joining Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had been playing together in a band named Smile with bassist Tim Staffell. Freddie Mercury was a fan of Smile, and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques after Staffell's departure in 1970. Mercury himself joined the band shortly thereafter, changed the name of the band to "Queen", and adopted his familiar stage name. John Deacon was recruited prior to recording their eponymous debut album. Queen enjoyed success in the UK with their debut and its follow-up, Queen II, but it was the release of Sheer Heart Attack and A Night at the Opera that gained the band international success. The latter featured "Bohemian Rhapsody", which stayed at number one in the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks; it charted at number one in several other territories, and gave the band their first top ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. Their 1977 album, News of the World, contained two of rock's most recognisable anthems, "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions". By the early 1980s, Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world, and their performance at 1985's Live Aid is regarded as one of the greatest in rock history. In 1991, Mercury died of bronchopneumonia, a complication of AIDS, and Deacon retired in 1997. Since then, May and Taylor have infrequently performed together, including a collaboration with Paul Rodgers under the name Queen + Paul Rodgers which ended in May 2009.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kwēn, n. the wife of a king: a female sovereign: the best or chief of her kind: a queen-bee or queen-ant: of playing-cards, one with the queen painted on it: the piece in chess which is the most deadly in attack.—v.i. to play the queen.—ns. Queen′-app′le, Queen′ing, the name of several varieties of apple; Queen′-bee, the sole female of a bee-hive, considerably larger than an ordinary bee; Queen′-con′sort, the wife of the reigning sovereign—opp. to Queen′-reg′nant, holding the crown in her own right; Queen′craft, craft or policy on the part of a queen; Queen′dom, queenly rule or dignity: the realm of a queen; Queen′-dow′ager, the widow of a deceased king; Queen′hood, the state of being a queen; Queen′let, a petty queen.—adjs. Queen′-like, Queen′ly, like a queen: becoming or suitable to a queen.—n. Queen′liness.—adv. Queen′ly, like a queen.—ns. Queen′-moth′er, a queen-dowager, the mother of the reigning king or queen; Queen′-of-the-mead′ows, the meadow-sweet; Queen′-post (archit.), one of two upright posts in a trussed roof, resting upon the tie-beam, and supporting the principal rafters; Queen′-rē′gent, a queen who reigns as regent; Queen's′-arm, a musket; Queen′ship, the state, condition, or dignity of a queen; Queen′-stitch, a square or chequer pattern in embroidery stitch.—Queen Anne's Bounty, a fund for augmenting the incomes of the poorer clergy of England, set aside in 1703; Queen Anne style (archit.), the style popular in the early part of the 18th century, the buildings plain and simple, with classic cornices and details, and frequently with large windows divided by mullions; Queen of heaven, a title often given to the goddess Astarte or Ashtoreth: among Roman Catholics, a title for the Virgin Mary; Queen of the May=May-queen (see May); * Queen's Bench (court of: see King); * Queen's colour, one of the pair of colours belonging to each regiment in our army; * Queen's counsel (see Counsel); * Queen's English, correct use of the English language; * Queen's evidence (see Evident); * Queen's messenger (see Message); Queen's metal, an alloy consisting chiefly of tin; Queen's tobacco pipe, the facetious designation of a peculiarly shaped kiln which used to be situated at the corner of the tobacco warehouses belonging to the London Docks, and in which contraband goods were burned; Queen's ware, a variety of Wedgwood ware, otherwise known as cream-coloured ware; Queen's yellow, the yellow subsulphate of mercury. [A.S. cwén; Goth. kwēns, Ice. kván, kvæn.]
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
One entitled to rule a nation, make up a deck, or beat a knave.
A size of bed according to a manufacturing standard.
Our cousin in America has a queen bed and says it is a similar size to our king-size bed.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'queen' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1339
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'queen' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1902
Rank popularity for the word 'queen' in Nouns Frequency: #598
The numerical value of queen in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of queen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Every queen is a woman, but not every woman is a queen.
Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.
Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping-stone to greatness.
It is as queen of Canada that I am here. Queen of Canada and all Canadians, not just one or two ancestral strains.
Visitors for the first time this year get to walk through the grand entrance, just as popes and presidents, astronauts, footballers, invited guests of the queen and other members of the royal family have done over the queen's reign.
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