What does Queen mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. queennoun

    the only fertile female in a colony of social insects such as bees and ants and termites; its function is to lay eggs

  2. queen, queen regnant, female monarchnoun

    a female sovereign ruler

  3. queennoun

    the wife or widow of a king

  4. queennoun

    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"

  5. king, queen, world-beaternoun

    a competitor who holds a preeminent position

  6. queennoun

    one of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a queen

  7. queennoun

    (chess) the most powerful piece

  8. queen, queen mole ratnoun

    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

  9. tabby, queenverb

    female cat

  10. queenverb

    promote to a queen, as of a pawn in chess

  11. queenverb

    become a queen

    "her pawn queened"


  1. queennoun

    A female monarch. Example: Queen Victoria

  2. queennoun

    The wife or widow of a king. Example: Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

  3. queennoun

    The most powerful piece, able to move any number of spaces horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.

  4. queennoun

    A playing card with the picture of a queen on its face, the twelfth card in a given suit.

  5. queennoun

    A powerful or forceful female person.

  6. queennoun

    An effeminate male homosexual. See drag queen.

  7. queennoun

    A reproductive female animal in a hive, such as an ant, bee, termite or wasp.

  8. queennoun

    An adult female cat valued for breeding. See tom.

  9. queenverb

    to make a queen

  10. queenverb

    to promote a pawn, usually to a queen.

  11. queenverb

    To sit on the face of (a partner) to receive oral sex.

  12. Queennoun

    A title given to queens.

    Queen Elizabeth II

  13. Etymology: From quene, from cwen, cwene. The same Middle English word also yielded quean. Ultimately from kwēniz, from gʷḗn.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Queennoun

    Etymology: cwen , Saxon, a woman, a wife, the wife of a king.

    He was lapt
    In a most curious mantle, wrought by the hand
    Of his queen mother. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    That queen Elizabeth I lived sixty-nine, and reigned forty-five years, means no more than, that the duration of her existence was equal to sixty-nine, and the duration of her government to forty-five annual revolutions of the sun. John Locke.

    Have I a queen
    Past by my fellow rulers of the world?
    Have I refus’d their blood to mix with yours,
    And raise new kings from so obscure a race? Dryden.

  2. To Queenverb

    To play the queen.

    A threepence bow’d would hire me,
    Old as I am, to queen it. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Of your own state take care: this dream of mine,
    Being now awake, I’ll queen it no inch farther,
    But milk my ewes and weep. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.


  1. queen

    A queen is a female ruler or the wife of a king, usually holding a hereditary position of power within a monarchy. She is typically the highest-ranking female in a royal family and may have ceremonial, symbolic, or official duties depending on the specific role and traditions of her country or culture.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Queennoun

    the wife of a king

  2. Queennoun

    a woman who is the sovereign of a kingdom; a female monarch; as, Elizabeth, queen of England; Mary, queen of Scots

  3. Queennoun

    a woman eminent in power or attractions; the highest of her kind; as, a queen in society; -- also used figuratively of cities, countries, etc

  4. Queennoun

    the fertile, or fully developed, female of social bees, ants, and termites

  5. Queennoun

    the most powerful, and except the king the most important, piece in a set of chessmen

  6. Queennoun

    a playing card bearing the picture of a queen; as, the queen of spades

  7. Queennoun

    a male homosexual, esp. one who is effeminate or dresses in women's clothing

  8. Queenverb

    to act the part of a queen

  9. Queenverb

    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

  10. Etymology: [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.]


  1. Queen

    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

  1. Queen

    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

  1. QUEEN

    One entitled to rule a nation, make up a deck, or beat a knave.

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  1. Queen

    the actively reproducing female among worker insects.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. QUEEN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Queen is ranked #1945 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Queen surname appeared 18,557 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 6 would have the surname Queen.

    75.4% or 13,996 total occurrences were White.
    18.6% or 3,457 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 444 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.1% or 405 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.8% or 156 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 100 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Queen' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1339

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Queen' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1902

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Queen' in Nouns Frequency: #598

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Queen in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Queen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Queen in a Sentence

  1. Lindsey Schwartz:

    I'm obsessed with Alexia Clark's workouts, everyday is something different... Alexia Clark's the queen of making sure you use as many muscles as possible in a circuit and knows how to keep it interesting.

  2. Evan Nappen:

    This is a Queen Anne flintlock, which is a very pretty gun, the barrel looks like a cannon and it has a single shot – you have to actually untwist the barrel to load it – it’s pretty involved to even attempt to load it. But the craftsmanship is from the 1760s, and it’s just magnificent to think that every piece of it was hand-made.

  3. Boyd Tunnock:

    When you get to my age, very few things surprise you but this certainly did and I am deeply honored and grateful to Her Majesty the queen.

  4. Bonnie Patten:

    I am pretty much the queen of multitasking. Obsessed with anything where I am doing more than one thing at a time, especially since I skipped the gym today. A little Saturday morning waist cinching and working on my posture while cleaning out my closet. Thank you @premadonna87@waistgangsociety for my obsession!!! You can get one at whatsawaist.com. advertising of this sort deceives consumers and harms legitimate business that are following the law.

  5. Nyla Covington:

    I just felt like it was something that was put on my heart, it was really just for her, to bring up her day a little bit, and she'd rather have her mom than a crown... but the point was, I was telling her that she was her mom's queen and I was just letting her know that she was loved by many and especially me.

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    an unpleasant or disastrous destiny
    A fudge
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