Definition of queen
1a : the wife or widow of a kingb : the wife or widow of a tribal chief
2a : a female monarchb : a female chieftain
3a : a woman eminent in rank, power, or attractions a movie queenb : a goddess or a thing personified as female and having supremacy in a specified realmc : an attractive girl or woman; especially : a beauty contest winner
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 : a playing card marked with a stylized figure of a queen
6 : the fertile fully developed female of social bees, ants, and termites whose function is to lay eggs
7 : a mature female cat kept especially for breeding
8 slang, often disparaging : a male homosexual; especially : an effeminate one
Examples of queen in a Sentence
She was crowned queen of England.
the reign of Queen Elizabeth
the king and his queen
the queen of the blues
She was voted queen of the prom.
This ship is the queen of all the ocean liners.
Recent Examples of queen from the Web
And then there's a forthcoming new album with his band The Good, The Band & The Queen that features the Clash's Paul Simonon, Simon Tong and Tony Allen.
Kings, queens and governments from around the world contributed bulbs, plants and statuary representing their country's culture, such as a Chinese bridge, and woodcarvings from Norway.
Leanne is running out of money to pay for her dream of making her 11-year-old daughter, Patty (Ursula Parker), a pageant queen.
Shawl: Tru Blue silk queen kimono, $242, Planet Blue.
Imagine one person tells you that his ideal form of government would be to get rid of the Constitution and make Kim Kardashian queen.
For instance, here was Senator Joe Manchin III, a Democrat facing re-election next year in a state that President Trump won by 42 points, waving unheckled among the firefighters, beauty queens and county commissioners who streamed up Maple Avenue.
Warrior queens such as Yaa Asantewaa are buried beneath Western misogyny.
My knight could jump everywhere and his queen was stuck.
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Origin and Etymology of queen
Middle English quene, from Old English cwēn woman, wife, queen; akin to Goth qens wife, Greek gynē woman, Sanskrit jani
Definition of queen
1 : to act like a queen; especially : to put on airs —usually used with it queens it over her friends
2 : to become a queen in chess the pawn queens
: to promote (a pawn) to a queen in chess
First Known Use of queen
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Definition of queen for Students
1 : a woman who rules a country or kingdom
2 : the wife or widow of a king
3 : a woman or girl who is highly respected or well-known within a field the queen of the blues
4 : the most powerful piece in the game of chess
5 : a playing card bearing the figure of a queen
6 : a fully developed adult female insect (as a bee, ant, or termite) that lays eggs
queenlyadjective queenly posture
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