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queen

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noun \ˈkwēn\

Definition of queen

  1. 1 a :  the wife or widow of a king b :  the wife or widow of a tribal chief

  2. 2 a :  a female monarch b :  a female chieftain

  3. 3 a :  a woman eminent in rank, power, or attractions <a movie queen> b :  a goddess or a thing personified as female and having supremacy in a specified realm c :  an attractive girl or woman; especially :  a beauty contest winner

  4. 4 :  the most privileged piece of each color in a set of chessmen having the power to move in any direction across any number of unoccupied squares

  5. 5 :  a playing card marked with a stylized figure of a queen

  6. 6 :  the fertile fully developed female of social bees, ants, and termites whose function is to lay eggs

  7. 7 :  a mature female cat kept especially for breeding

  8. 8 often disparaging :  a male homosexual; especially :  an effeminate one



Examples of queen

  1. She was crowned queen of England.

  2. the reign of Queen Elizabeth

  3. the king and his queen

  4. the queen of the blues

  5. She was voted queen of the prom.

  6. This ship is the queen of all the ocean liners.



Origin of queen

Middle English quene, from Old English cwēn woman, wife, queen; akin to Gothic qens wife, Greek gynē woman, Sanskrit jani


First Known Use: before 12th century

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queen

verb

Definition of queen

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to act like a queen; especially :  to put on airs —usually used with it <queens it over her friends>

  3. 2 :  to become a queen in chess <the pawn queens>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to promote (a pawn) to a queen in chess



1611

First Known Use of queen

1611




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