The definition of a queen is a woman who rules a country or is married to a king.(noun)
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.(noun)
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.(noun)
Queen means a female insect capable of reproduction.(noun)
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.(noun)
An example of a queen is a man who has a very high voice and feminine mannerisms.
See queen in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME quen < OE cwen: see quean
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Origin: Middle English quene
Origin: , from Old English cwēn; see gwen- in Indo-European roots. Word History: Queen and quean sound alike, are spelled almost identically, and both refer to women, but of wildly different kinds. Queen comes from Old English cwēn, pronounced (kwān), “queen, wife of a king,” and comes from Germanic *kwēn-iz, “woman, wife, queen.” Quean comes from Old English cwene, pronounced (kwĕnˈə), “woman, female, female serf”; from the eleventh century on it was also used to mean “prostitute.” The Germanic source of cwene is *kwen-ōn-, “woman, wife.” Once established, the pejorative sense of quean drove out its neutral senses and especially in the 16th and 17th centuries it 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 except in some regions. • The Germanic root for both words, *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.”
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