- The definition of a queen is a woman who rules a country or is married to a king.
An example of a queen was England’s Queen Elizabeth I.
- A queen is defined as a girl who is very important or successful at something.
An example of a queen is someone successful at fashion, the queen of fashion.
- The definition of a queen is card or playing piece in a board game.
- An example of a queen is a chess piece that is very powerful.
- An example of a queen is a card marked with Q.
- Queen means a female insect capable of reproduction.
An example of a queen is the bee that is responsible for laying eggs.
- Queen is slang for a homosexual man who has female characteristics.
An example of a queen is a man who has a very high voice and feminine mannerisms.
Elizabeth I was once queen of England.
- the wife of a king
- a woman who rules over a monarchy in her own right; female sovereign
- a woman foremost or judged to be foremost among others in certain attributes or accomplishments, as beauty, etc.
- a place or thing regarded as the best or most beautiful of its kind
- the fully developed, reproductive female in a colony of bees, ants, or termites
- a playing card with a conventionalized picture of a queen on it
- Slang a male homosexual, specif. one with pronounced feminine characteristics: term of contempt or derision
- Chess the most powerful piece, permitted to move any number of unoccupied squares in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal direction
Origin of queenMiddle English quen ; from Old English cwen: see quean
- to make (a girl or woman) a queen
- Chess to make a queen of (a pawn that has reached the opponent's end of the board)
- a. The wife or widow of a king.b. A woman sovereign.
- a. A woman considered preeminent in a particular field: the reigning queen of hip-hop.b. A woman chosen as the winner of a contest or the honorary head of an event: a beauty queen; the queen of the prom.
- Something having eminence or supremacy in a given domain and personified as a woman: Paris is regarded as the queen of cities.
- Abbr. Q Games a. The most powerful chess piece, able to move in any direction over any number of empty squares in a straight line.b. A playing card bearing the figure of a queen, ranking above the jack and below the king.
- a. The sole reproductive female, or one of several such females, in a colony of eusocial insects, such as bees, wasps, ants, or termites.b. The reproductive female in a colony of naked mole rats.
- A mature female cat, especially one kept for breeding purposes.
- Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a gay man.
- A queen-size bed.
verbqueened, queen·ing, queens
- To make (a woman) a queen.
- Games To raise (a pawn) to queen in chess.
verb, intransitive Games
Origin of queenMiddle English quene, from Old English cwēn; see gwen- in Indo-European roots. Word History: On paper, a queen and a quean are easily distinguished. In speech, however, it is easy to imagine how the complete homophony of the two words, both referring to female persons, could lead to embarrassing double-entendres—a fact which has probably contributed to a decline in use of the word quean in modern times. How did this troubling homophony come about? Queen comes from Old English cwēn, pronounced (kwān) and meaning “queen, wife of a king.” The Old English word descends from Germanic *kwēn-iz, “woman, wife, queen,” a derivative of the Germanic root *kwen–, “woman.” Modern English quean, on the other hand, descends from another Old English word, cwene, pronounced (kwĕn′&schwa;) and meaning “woman, female, female serf.” The Germanic source of cwene is *kwen-ōn–, “woman, wife.” This Germanic word is a derivative of the same root *kwen–, “woman, wife,” that is the source of Modern English queen. From the eleventh century onward, qwen, the Middle English descendant of Old English cwene, “woman, female serf,” and ancestor of Modern English quean, was also used to mean “prostitute.” Once established, this pejorative sense of quean drove out its neutral senses, and especially in the 16th and 17th centuries, the word was used almost solely to refer to prostitutes. Around the same time, in many English dialects the pronunciation of queen and quean became identical, leading to the obsolescence of the latter term outside of a few regions. The Germanic root *kwen–, “woman,” comes by Grimm's Law from the Indo-European root *gwen–, “woman,” which appears in at least two other English words borrowed from elsewhere in the Indo-European family. One is gynecology, from Greek gunē, “woman.” Another, less obvious, one is banshee, “woman of the fairies,” the wailing female spirit attendant on a death, from Old Irish ben, “woman.”
- A female monarch. Example: Queen Victoria
- The wife or widow of a king.
- Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
- (chess) The most powerful piece, able to move any number of spaces horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
- (card games) A playing card with the picture of a queen on its face, the twelfth card in a given suit.
- A powerful or forceful female person.
- (derogatory, slang) An effeminate male homosexual. See drag queen.
- A reproductive female animal in a hive, such as an ant, bee, termite or wasp.
- An adult female cat valued for breeding. See also tom.
(third-person singular simple present queens, present participle queening, simple past and past participle queened)
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 (qēns, “wife”). Related to Old English cwene (“woman; female serf, quean, prostitute”), see quean.