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queen

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noun \ˈkwēn\

Definition of queen

  1. 1a :  the wife or widow of a kingb :  the wife or widow of a tribal chief

  2. 2a :  a female monarchb :  a female chieftain

  3. 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. 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 slang, often disparaging :  a male homosexual; especially :  an effeminate one

Examples of queen in a Sentence

  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.

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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

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queen

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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

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QUEEN Defined for Kids

queen

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noun \ˈkwēn\

Definition of queen for Students

  1. 1 :  a woman who rules a country or kingdom

  2. 2 :  the wife or widow of a king

  3. 3 :  a woman or girl who is highly respected or well-known within a field the queen of the blues

  4. 4 :  the most powerful piece in the game of chess

  5. 5 :  a playing card bearing the figure of a queen

  6. 6 :  a fully developed adult female insect (as a bee, ant, or termite) that lays eggs

queenly

adjective queenly posture


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