Definitions for: Queen


[n] female cat
[n] the only fertile female in a colony of social insects such as bees and ants and termites; its function is to lay eggs
[n] especially large and only member of a colony of naked mole rats to bear offspring sired by only a few males
[n] (chess) the most powerful chess piece
[n] one of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a queen
[n] offensive terms for an openly homosexual man
[n] a competitor who holds a preeminent position
[n] a female sovereign ruler
[n] the wife or widow of a king
[n] 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"
[v] become a queen, as of a chess pawn
[v] promote to a queen, as of a pawn in chess



Webster (1913) Definition: Queen, n. [OE. quen, quene, queen, quean, AS. cw[=e]n
wife, queen, woman; akin to OS. qu[=a]n wife, woman, Icel.
kv[=a]n wife, queen, Goth. q[=e]ns. [root]221. See Quean.]
1. The wife of a king.

2. A woman who is the sovereign of a kingdom; a female
monarch; as, Elizabeth, queen of England; Mary, queen of
Scots.

In faith, and by the heaven's quene. --Chaucer.

3. A woman eminent in power or attractions; the highest of
her kind; as, a queen in society; -- also used
figuratively of cities, countries, etc. `` This queen of
cities.'' `` Albion, queen of isles.'' --Cowper.

4. The fertile, or fully developed, female of social bees,
ants, and termites.

5. (Chess) The most powerful, and except the king the most
important, piece in a set of chessmen.

6. A playing card bearing the picture of a queen; as, the
queen of spades.



Queen apple. [Cf. OE. quyne aple quince apple.] A kind of
apple; a queening. ``Queen apples and red cherries.''
--Spenser.

Queen bee (Zo["o]l.), a female bee, especially the female
of the honeybee. See Honeybee.



Queen conch (Zo["o]l.), a very large West Indian cameo
conch (Cassis cameo). It is much used for making cameos.


Queen consort, the wife of a reigning king. --Blackstone.

Queen dowager, the widow of a king.

Queen gold, formerly a revenue of the queen consort of
England, arising from gifts, fines, etc.

Queen mother, a queen dowager who is also mother of the
reigning king or queen.

Queen of May. See May queen, under May.

Queen of the meadow (Bot.), a European herbaceous plant
(Spir[ae]a Ulmaria). See Meadowsweet.

Queen of the prairie (Bot.), an American herb ({Spir[ae]a
lobata}) with ample clusters of pale pink flowers.

Queen pigeon (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of very
large and handsome crested ground pigeons of the genus
Goura, native of New Guinea and the adjacent islands.
They are mostly pale blue, or ash-blue, marked with white,
and have a large occipital crest of spatulate feathers.
Called also crowned pigeon, goura, and {Victoria
pigeon}.

Queen regent, or Queen regnant, a queen reigning in her
own right.

Queen's Bench. See King's Bench.

Queen's counsel, Queen's evidence. See King's counsel,
King's evidence, under King.

Queen's delight (Bot.), an American plant ({Stillinqia
sylvatica}) of the Spurge family, having an herbaceous
stem and a perennial woody root.

Queen's metal (Metal.), an alloy somewhat resembling pewter
or britannia, and consisting essentially of tin with a
slight admixture of antimony, bismuth, and lead or copper.


Queen's pigeon. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Queen pigeon, above.


Queen's ware, glazed English earthenware of a cream color.


Queen's yellow (Old Chem.), a heavy yellow powder
consisting of a basic mercuric sulphate; -- formerly
called turpetum minerale, or Turbith's mineral.


Queen, v. i.
To act the part of a queen. --Shak.


Queen, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Queened; p. pr. & vb. n.
Queening.] (Chess.)
To make a queen (or other piece, at the player's discretion)
of by moving it to the eighth row; as, to queen a pawn.

Synonyms: fag, faggot, fagot, fairy, female monarch, king, nance, pansy, poof, poove, pouf, queen regnant, queer, tabby, world-beater

Antonyms: male monarch

See Also: Anne Boleyn, Boleyn, Catherine de Medicis, Catherine Howard, Catherine Parr, challenger, chess piece, chessman, Cleopatra, competition, competitor, contender, court card, deck, deck of cards, domestic cat, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Esther, face card, Felis catus, Felis domesticus, female aristocrat, gay man, house cat, Howard, insect, Isabella I, Isabella the Catholic, Jane Seymour, Jezebel, Liliuokalani, Lydia Kamekeha Paki Liliuokalani, Marie Antoinette, Mary Queen of Scots, Mary Stuart, naked mole rat, Nefertiti, pack of cards, Parr, personification, picture card, promote, promote, queen bee, queen consort, queen dowager, Queen of England, queen regent, rival, royal family, royal house, royal line, royalty, Seymour, shirtlifter

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Famous Quotes Containing Queen:


Calling O'Hare an airport is like calling the Queen Elizabeth II a boat.

-- Andrew H. Malcolm ( -)

We fixed on No. 4, Queen Street Place, for our City offices, and it was from there that so many of my patented inventions were dated.

-- Henry Bessemer (English Scientist)

For a time I didn't want to answer any questions about Queen. I'd like to be viewed as something alive and relevant, not some fossil.

-- Brian May (English Musician)

I received an OBE from the Queen, which probably doesn't mean anything in America but is quite nice in England - the Order of the British Empire for services to drama.

-- Joan Collins (American Actress)

I love photo sessions. I'm alone, I'm the queen, everyone's taking care of me.

-- Eva Herzigova (Czechoslovakian Model)

I wasn't the high-school play queen or anything. And my parents would let me act until I graduated from college.

-- Gwyneth Paltrow (American Actress)

When I played God Bless The Queen, I was wondering if they was gonna dig us, then quite naturally I'd go on and try to get it together.

-- Jimi Hendrix (American Musician)

I wouldn't say I was a queen. Maybe a little elf.

-- Parker Posey (American Actress)

Mary Queen of Scots was my first love, and that is always something special.

-- Antonia Fraser (British Author)

My friends and I make short films. We pretended to rob the Dairy Queen where our friend worked, but someone thought we were real thieves and called the cops! Soon, the cops burst in with guns drawn!

-- Josh Hartnett ( Actor)

Will isn't a screaming queen - that's Jack's part. They needed someone to play the part for America. It's just not the same as Britain. To have a gay character as a lead is risky.

-- Eric McCormack (Canadian Actor)

We've gone overboard on every Queen album. But that's Queen.

-- Freddie Mercury (British Musician)

Joan Crawford is a movie queen. I had never met one before. I know now what I don't want to be.

-- Mercedes McCambridge (American Actress)

I would rather be a beggar and single than a queen and married.

-- Elizabeth I (English Royalty)

I was always a drama queen. I remember playing in the kitchen, trying to get my mom to think I was dead and call the police. When she didn't, I would cry. I was always theatrical. I don't think any of my relatives are surprised.

-- Amy Lee (American Musician)

At The Body Shop we had always been measured by how many jobs we had created, and I got a major award from the Queen on that.

-- Anita Roddick (English Businessman)

Her friends say she is very funny. At a family dinner, she stood to go, and the footman very properly pulled her chair away. At that moment I asked her a question and she sat down again, except there was no chair. Everyone, including the Queen, laughed and laughed.

-- Prince Andrew (British Royalty)

The King and Queen made the rounds after the film. We were told how we were to respond, and we were in a semi circle in the lounge area of the cinema, they came around after the King, the Queen and both Princesses.

-- Kim Hunter (American Actress)

I wasn't playing a drag queen - I was playing an extraordinary performer.

-- John Lone (American Actor)

The only thing I want to say is, I know I'm not Einstein, but I'm not the queen of the imbeciles either.

-- Vanessa Paradis (French Musician)

From the beginning of Queen there was such momentum that I never had any time to do anything else. My energy was 95% focused on the band.

-- Brian May (English Musician)

And so The Snow Queen also became a story about the need to seek equilibrium, in our own lives, with the natural world, even within the universe at large.

-- Joan D. Vinge (American Author)

Once upon a time there was a Queen who had a son so ugly and so misshapen that it was long disputed whether he had human form. A fairy who was at his birth said, however, that he would be very amiable for all that, since he would have uncommon good sense.

-- Charles Perrault (French Author)

In '75, the year both A Chorus Line and Chicago hit Broadway, my head spun around and I became the ultimate theater queen for life.

-- Michael Musto (American Writer)

When the whole point of Queen was to be original.

-- Freddie Mercury (British Musician)

Then I wanted the character to be feminine as opposed to effeminate. Because it's easy to be camp or queen. Anyone can do that. What's difficult is to play feminine.

-- Cillian Murphy (Irish Actor)

In my opinion, the form of Government may be different in different countries, according to their circumstances, their wishes, their wants. England loves her Queen, and has full motive to do so.

-- Lajos Kossuth (Hungarian Lawyer)

There was a queen that was overthrown here. So I was affected by all of that and felt profoundly grateful for the opportunity to live in Hawaii, and I set out at once to try to fit in.

-- Neil Abercrombie (American Politician)

Sean's a better person when he's directing. He becomes a queen when he's an actor. And he's so unhappy when he's acting.

-- Robin Wright Penn (American Actress)

I was a queen, and you took away my crown; a wife, and you killed my husband; a mother, and you deprived me of my children. My blood alone remains: take it, but do not make me suffer long.

-- Marie Antoinette (French Royalty)

Singing for royalty is a dream of mine - I'd absolutely love to sing for the Queen at the Royal Variety Show. All the contestants are very good. I will just have to do my best and see what happens.

-- Susan Boyle (British Musician)

What I loved about 'Summer' was that they were these four bright kids with a wonderful future. In a way, she was the one with the brains, and then you have the beauty queen and the jock and the introvert.

-- Kevin Williamson (American Author)

Rosa Parks was the queen mother of a movement whose single act of heroism sparked the movement for freedom, justice and equality. Her greatest contribution is that she told us a regular person can make a difference.

-- Marc Morial (American Politician)

The Queen Mary was the most civilized and luxurious way one could travel to America in the late 1930s.

-- Maureen O'Hara (Irish Actress)

The king died and then the queen died is a story. The king died, and then queen died of grief is a plot.

-- E. M. Forster (English Novelist)


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