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queen

 (kwēn)
n.
1.
a. The wife or widow of a king.
b. A female sovereign.
2.
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.
3. Something having eminence or supremacy in a given domain and personified as a woman: Paris is regarded as the queen of cities.
4. 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.
5.
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.
6. A mature female cat, especially one kept for breeding purposes.
7. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a gay man.
8. A queen-size bed.
v. queened, queen·ing, queens
v.tr.
1. To make (a woman) a queen.
2. Games To raise (a pawn) to queen in chess.
v.intr. Games
To become a queen in chess.
adj.
Of or relating to a queen-size bed: queen sheets; a queen bed skirt.
Idiom:
queen it
To act like a queen; domineer: queens it over the whole family.

[Middle English quene, from Old English cwēn; see gwen- in the Appendix of 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′ə) 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."

queen

(kwiːn)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a female sovereign who is the official ruler or head of state
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the wife or widow of a king
3. a woman or a thing personified as a woman considered the best or most important of her kind: a beauty queen; the queen of ocean liners.
4. slang an effeminate male homosexual
5. (Zoology)
a. the only fertile female in a colony of social insects, such as bees, ants, and termites, from the eggs of which the entire colony develops
b. (as modifier): a queen bee.
6. (Zoology) an adult female cat
7. (Card Games) one of four playing cards in a pack, one for each suit, bearing the picture of a queen
8. (Chess & Draughts) a chess piece, theoretically the most powerful piece, able to move in a straight line in any direction or diagonally, over any number of squares
vb
9. (Chess & Draughts) chess to promote (a pawn) to a queen when it reaches the eighth rank
10. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (tr) to crown as queen
11. (intr) informal (of a gay man) to flaunt one's homosexuality
12. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (intr) to reign as queen
13. queen it (often foll by over) informal to behave in an overbearing manner
[Old English cwēn; related to Old Saxon quān wife, Old Norse kvæn, Gothic qēns wife]

Queen

(kwiːn)
n
(Biography) Ellery (ˈɛlərɪ). pseudonym of Frederic Dannay (1905–82) and Manfred B. Lee (1905–71), US co-authors of detective novels featuring a sleuth also called Ellery Queen

queen

(kwin)

n.
1. a female sovereign or monarch.
2. the wife or consort of a king.
3. a woman, or something personified as a woman, preeminent in some respect: a beauty queen; Athens, the queen of the Aegean.
4. Slang.
a. Usually Disparaging and Offensive. (a term used to refer to a male homosexual, esp. one who is flamboyantly campy.)
5. a playing card bearing a picture of a queen.
6. the most powerful chess piece of either color, able to be moved across any number of empty squares in any direction.
7. a fertile female ant, bee, termite, or wasp.
8. a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter Q.
v.i.
9. to reign as queen.
10. to behave in an imperious or pretentious manner (usu. fol. by it).
11. (of a pawn in chess) to become promoted to a queen.
v.t.
12. to make a queen of; crown.
[before 900; Middle English quene, quen, Old English cwēn woman, queen, c. Old Norse kvān, Gothic qēns]
usage: Definition 4a is usually used with disparaging intent and perceived as insulting. However, it is also used by homosexuals as a positive term of self-reference.

Queen

(kwin)
n.
Ellery, joint pen name of Manfred Bennington Lee and Frederic Dannay.

queen

(kwēn)
The fertile, fully developed female in a colony of social bees, ants, or termites. The queen's sole function is to lay eggs.

queen

- A litter-bearing female cat.
See also related terms for litter.

queen


Past participle: queened
Gerund: queening

Imperative
queen
queen
Present
I queen
you queen
he/she/it queens
we queen
you queen
they queen
Preterite
I queened
you queened
he/she/it queened
we queened
you queened
they queened
Present Continuous
I am queening
you are queening
he/she/it is queening
we are queening
you are queening
they are queening
Present Perfect
I have queened
you have queened
he/she/it has queened
we have queened
you have queened
they have queened
Past Continuous
I was queening
you were queening
he/she/it was queening
we were queening
you were queening
they were queening
Past Perfect
I had queened
you had queened
he/she/it had queened
we had queened
you had queened
they had queened
Future
I will queen
you will queen
he/she/it will queen
we will queen
you will queen
they will queen
Future Perfect
I will have queened
you will have queened
he/she/it will have queened
we will have queened
you will have queened
they will have queened
Future Continuous
I will be queening
you will be queening
he/she/it will be queening
we will be queening
you will be queening
they will be queening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been queening
you have been queening
he/she/it has been queening
we have been queening
you have been queening
they have been queening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been queening
you will have been queening
he/she/it will have been queening
we will have been queening
you will have been queening
they will have been queening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been queening
you had been queening
he/she/it had been queening
we had been queening
you had been queening
they had been queening
Conditional
I would queen
you would queen
he/she/it would queen
we would queen
you would queen
they would queen
Past Conditional
I would have queened
you would have queened
he/she/it would have queened
we would have queened
you would have queened
they would have queened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.queen - the only fertile female in a colony of social insects such as bees and ants and termitesqueen - the only fertile female in a colony of social insects such as bees and ants and termites; its function is to lay eggs
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
queen bee - fertile egg-laying female bee
2.queen - a female sovereign rulerqueen - a female sovereign ruler    
royal family, royal house, royal line, royalty - royal persons collectively; "the wedding was attended by royalty"
female aristocrat - a woman who is an aristocrat
Queen of England - the sovereign ruler of England
king, male monarch, Rex - a male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom
3.queen - the wife or widow of a king
royal family, royal house, royal line, royalty - royal persons collectively; "the wedding was attended by royalty"
female aristocrat - a woman who is an aristocrat
queen consort - the wife of a reigning king
queen dowager - the widow of a king
queen regent - a queen who serves as ruler when the king cannot
4.queen - something personified as a woman who is considered the best or most important of her kind; "Paris is the queen of cities"; "the queen of ocean liners"
personification - a person who represents an abstract quality; "she is the personification of optimism"
5.queen - a competitor who holds a preeminent position
challenger, competitor, contender, rival, competition - the contestant you hope to defeat; "he had respect for his rivals"; "he wanted to know what the competition was doing"
6.queen - offensive term for an openly homosexual manqueen - offensive term for an openly homosexual man
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
gay man, shirtlifter - a homosexual man
7.queen - one of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a queen
court card, face card, picture card - one of the twelve cards in a deck bearing a picture of a face
deck of cards, pack of cards, deck - a pack of 52 playing cards
8.queen - (chess) the most powerful piece
chess game, chess - a board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific rules; the object is to checkmate the opponent's king
chess piece, chessman - any of 16 white and 16 black pieces used in playing the game of chess
9.queen - an especially large mole rat and the only member of a colony of naked mole rats to bear offspring which are sired by only a few males
naked mole rat - fetal-looking colonial rodent of East Africa; neither mole nor rat; they feed on tubers and have a social structure similar to that of honeybees and termites
10.queen - female cat
domestic cat, Felis catus, Felis domesticus, house cat - any domesticated member of the genus Felis
Verb1.queen - promote to a queen, as of a pawn in chess
promote - change a pawn for a better piece by advancing it to the eighth row, or change a checker piece for a more valuable piece by moving it to the row closest to your opponent
2.queen - become a queen; "her pawn queened"
chess game, chess - a board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific rules; the object is to checkmate the opponent's king
promote - be changed for a superior chess or checker piece

queen

noun
1. sovereign, ruler, monarch, leader, Crown, princess, majesty, head of state, Her Majesty, empress, crowned head the time she met the Queen
2. leading light, star, favourite, celebrity, darling, mistress, idol, big name, doyenne the queen of crime writing
3. (Informal) homosexual, gay, queer (informal, derogatory), homo (informal, derogatory), jessie (slang), pansy (informal, derogatory), homosexual man, poof (Brit. & Austral. derogatory slang), effeminate man, diva, prima donna, batty boy (slang), camp man, shirt-lifter (derogatory slang), woofter (derogatory slang) What a boring old queen he was.
Quotations
"queen: a woman by whom the realm is ruled when there is a king, and through whom it is ruled when there is not" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]
"I'd like to be a queen of people's hearts, in people's hearts, but I don't see myself being Queen of this country" [Diana, Princess of Wales]
Translations
اللواطي الذي يَتَّخِذ دور الأنْثىالمَلِكَهالمَلِكَه في لُعْبَة الشَّطْرَنجبِنت في وَرَق اللَّعِبزَوجَة المَلِك، مَلِكَه
královnadámakrálteploušbuzerant
dronningbøssedame=-dronning
reĝino
kuningatarmatriarkkanaaraskissavaltiatarhomo
kraljicadama
dámahomoszexuális férfikirálynékirályné/nõkirálynő
ratu
drottninglæða
クイーン女王
여왕
regina
kaip karalienėskaralienėkaralienė motinamotinėlėvaldovė
dāmakaralienemātepasīvais homoseksuālists
damăregină
homosexuál v úlohe ženykráľovná
kraljicamaticadama
drottningfjollabögdam
พระราชินี
kraliçevezirkızkraliçesipasif eşcinsel
hoàng hậunữ hoàngvợ vua

queen

[kwiːn]
A. N
1. (= monarch) → reina f (Chess) → reina f (Cards) → dama f; (in Spanish pack) → caballo m
she was queen to Charles IIera la reina de Carlos II
2. (Zool) (also queen bee) → abeja f reina; (= ant) → hormiga f reina
3.marica m (pej)
B. VT (Chess) [+ pawn] → coronar
to queen itconducirse como una reina (fig) → pavonearse
C. VI (Chess) → ser coronado
D. CPD Queen's Bench N (Brit) departamento del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia
queen mother Nreina f madre
Queen's Counsel N (Brit) → abogado mf (de categoría superior) QC/KC
QUEEN'S/KING'S SPEECH
En el Reino Unido, el Queen's o King's Speech es el discurso que el monarca dirige cada año a las dos cámaras del Estado en la apertura del nuevo curso parlamentario. El discurso se retransmite por radio y televisión y es preparado por el gobierno, ya que en él se indican las directrices del programa de gobierno para el curso que comienza, así como la nueva legislación que se introducirá ese año. Para seguir con la tradición, en este discurso el monarca sigue refiriéndose al gobierno como my government.

queen

[ˈkwiːn] n
(= monarch) → reine f
Queen Elizabeth → la reine Élisabeth
Queen Victoria → la reine Victoria
(= king's wife) → reine f
(= woman or thing considered the best) → reine f
the queen of crime fiction → la reine du roman policier
(in cards)dame f
the queen of hearts → la dame de cœur
(in chess)dame f
(= bee) → reine fqueen bee n
(ZOOLOGY)reine f des abeilles

queen

n
(also fig)Königin f; she was queen to George Vsie war die Gemahlin von Georg V.; queen of the MayMaikönigin f
(= bee, ant etc)Königin f
(Cards) → Dame f; queen of spadesPikdame
(Chess) → Dame f; queen’s bishop/pawnDamenläufer/-bauer m
(inf: = homosexual) → Tunte f (inf)
vt
(Chess) → in eine Dame verwandeln or umwandeln
(inf) to queen itdie große Dame spielen; to queen it over somebodyjdn herumkommandieren (inf)
vi (Chess) → sich in eine Dame verwandeln

queen

:
Queen-Anne
adj style, furniture, buildingQueen-Anne-; queen style furnitureMöbel plim Queen-Anne-Stil
queen bee
nBienenkönigin f; she’s the queen round here (fig inf)sie ist hier die Nummer eins (inf)
queen cake
queen consort
nKönigin f, → Gemahlin fdes Königs
queen dowager
nKöniginwitwe f

queen

:
queen mother
nKöniginmutter f
Queen’s Bench

queen

[kwiːn] nregina (Cards, Chess) → regina, donna
Queen Elizabeth → la regina Elisabetta

queen

(kwiːn) noun
1. a woman who rules a country, who inherits her position by right of birth. the Queen of England; Queen Elizabeth II.
2. the wife of a king. The king and his queen were both present.
3. a woman who is in some way important, excellent or special. a beauty queen; a movie queen.
4. a playing-card with a picture of a queen on it. I have two aces and a queen.
5. an important chess-piece. a bishop, a king and a queen.
6. the egg-laying female of certain kinds of insect (especially bees, ants and wasps).
7. (slang) a homosexual man who assumes the female role.
ˈqueenly adjective
of, like or suitable for, a queen.
queen mother
the mother of the reigning king or queen, who was herself once a queen.

queen

مَلِكَة královna dronning Königin βασίλισσα reina kuningatar reine kraljica regina 女王 여왕 koningin dronning królowa rainha королева drottning พระราชินี kraliçe nữ hoàng 女王