American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The wife or widow of a king.
- n. A woman sovereign.
- n. Something having eminence or supremacy in a given domain and personified as a woman: Paris is regarded as the queen of cities.
- n. Games The most powerful chess piece, able to move in any direction over any number of empty squares in a straight line.
- n. Games A playing card bearing the figure of a queen, ranking above the jack and below the king.
- n. The fertile, fully developed female in a colony of social bees, ants, or termites.
- n. A mature female cat, especially one kept for breeding purposes.
- n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a homosexual man.
- v. To make (a woman) a queen.
- v. Games To raise (a pawn) to queen in chess.
- v. Games To become a queen in chess.
- idiom. queen it To act like a queen; domineer: queens it over the whole family.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The consort of a king.
- n. A woman who is the sovereign of a realm; a female sovereign. In countries under monarchical rule females are sometimes excluded from the throne, and seldom if ever succeed in direct lineal descent. In the line of succession to the British throne the eldest son of the sovereign is the heir, to the exclusion of older sisters; but a daughter who has no brothers succeeds, to the exclusion of younger brothers of her father or their male descendants. The exceptionally long reign of Queen Victoria (who succeeded in right of her deceased father, the Duke of Kent, to the exclusion of his younger brothers) has familiarized English-speaking communities of the present day with the form queen's instead of king's in such phrases as queen's counsel, the queen's English, etc.
- n. Figuratively, a woman who is chief or preeminent among others; one who presides: as, queen of beauty; queen of the May (see Mayqueen).
- n. Hence, anything personified as chief or greatest, when considered as possessing female attributes.
- n. In entomology, a queen bee or queen ant.
- n. A playing-card on which a queen is depicted.
- n. In chess, the piece which is by far the most powerful of all for attack. See chess. Abbreviated Q.
- n. A variety of roofing-slate, measuring 3 feet long and 2 feet wide. Compare duchess, 2.
- n. Among Roman Catholics, a title given to the Virgin Mary.
- To play the queen; act the part or character of a queen; domineer: with an indefinite it.
- In chess, to make a queen of: said of a pawn on its reaching the eighth square.
- In apiculture, to supply with a queen; introduce a queen to: said of a colony of bees.
- n. Same as quin.
- n. Same as queen-wasp.
- n. A female eat. In modern catteries the name is given only to female cats used for careful and scientific breeding. Also called queen-cat.
- n. The female of a termite or white ant. See king, 6.
- n. A female monarch. Example: Queen Victoria
- n. The wife or widow of a king. Example: Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
- n. chess The most powerful piece, able to move any number of spaces horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
- n. card games A playing card with the picture of a queen on its face, the twelfth card in a given suit.
- n. A powerful or forceful female person.
- n. derogatory, slang An effeminate male homosexual. See drag queen.
- n. A reproductive female animal in a hive, such as an ant, bee, termite or wasp.
- n. An adult female cat valued for breeding. See tom.
- v. to make a queen
- v. chess to promote a pawn, usually to a queen.
- v. BDSM, slang, transitive, of a female To sit on the face of (a partner) to receive oral sex.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The wife of a king.
- n. A woman who is the sovereign of a kingdom; a female monarch
- n. A woman eminent in power or attractions; the highest of her kind
- n. The fertile, or fully developed, female of social bees, ants, and termites.
- n. (Chess) The most powerful, and except the king the most important, piece in a set of chessmen.
- n. A playing card bearing the picture of a queen.
- v. To act the part of a queen.
- v. (Chess.) To make a queen (or other piece, at the player's discretion) of by moving it to the eighth row.
- n. a competitor who holds a preeminent position
- n. one of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a queen
- n. offensive term for an openly homosexual man
- v. become a queen
- n. something personified as a woman who is considered the best or most important of her kind
- n. (chess) the most powerful piece
- n. a female sovereign ruler
- n. the only fertile female in a colony of social insects such as bees and ants and termites; its function is to lay eggs
- n. female cat
- n. the wife or widow of a king
- n. 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
- v. promote to a queen, as of a pawn in chess
- From Middle English queen, quene, cwen, from Old English cwēn, cwǣn ("woman; wife, consort; queen, empress, royal princess"), from Proto-Germanic *kwēniz (“woman”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷḗn (“woman”). Cognate with Scots queen, wheen ("queen"), Old Saxon quān ("wife"; > Middle Low German quene ("elderly woman")), Norwegian dialectal kvån ("wife"), Icelandic kvon ("wife"), Gothic 𐌵𐌴𐌽𐍃 (qēns, "wife"). Related to Old English cwene ("woman; female serf, quean, prostitute"), see quean. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English quene, from Old English cwēn. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The fact that the queen is actually the designer alter-ego and the hero her girlfriend just add more to the mix.”
“I will sit this one out if the queen is anywhere that ticket.”
“Grief decides the queen is the key to the problems and that Deasy has to be struck by a dead pig as a scoundrel and blackguard.”
“There's a religious organization called a church, of which the queen is the head, and it seems to involve monotheistic goddess worship.”
“B & B on the queen is a luxury they should appreciate, especially the way their every right is catered for.”
“O'BRIEN: Were you surprised to see this, what you call the queen bee behavior, the sort of just nasty, mean behavior, in children as young as four or maybe even three?”
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“The 'queen' is a hopelessly deranged, but happy lunatic.”
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