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:


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)

Be cautious of playing your Queen in front of your King and in subjecting yourself to a discovered check. It is better when check is given to your King to interpose a man that attacks the checking Piece than with one that does not.

-- Howard Staunton (English Celebrity)

I remember having an argument with Alan, I said the Queen's not just going to call the guy up and send him out to do it. And Alan says, well, how would a monarch give orders to her assassin.

-- Eddie Campbell (Scottish Artist)

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)

The Queen is by much the most powerful of the forces.

-- Howard Staunton (English Celebrity)

I have absolutely no difficulty myself with the playing of God Save the Queen in the presence of Her Majesty.

-- John Howard (Australian Statesman)

Queen has taken the all of our time for last four or five years, you know.

-- John Deacon (British Musician)

I once said the Queen of England could use some fashion advice.

-- Kathie Lee Gifford (American Entertainer)

Money is the sovereign queen of all delights - for her, the lawyer pleads, the soldier fights.

-- Richard Barnfield (English Poet)

It's a good thing I was born a girl, otherwise I'd be a drag queen.

-- Dolly Parton (American Musician)

I guess you can tease me about being a drama queen, because that did heighten the drama.

-- Greg Louganis (American Athlete)

Sure, I'd take the responsibility of queen any day.

-- Charisma Carpenter (American Actress)

I do not so much rejoice that God hath made me to be a Queen, as to be a Queen over so thankful a people.

-- Elizabeth I (English Royalty)

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)

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)

My children are not royal; they just happen to have the Queen for their aunt.

-- Princess Margaret (British Royalty)

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)

I'd like to be a queen in people's hearts but I don't see myself being queen of this country.

-- Princess Diana (British Royalty)

And much more am I sorrier for my good knights' loss than for the loss of my fair queen; for queens I might have enough, but such a fellowship of good knights shall never be together in no company.

-- Thomas Malory (English Author)

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)

The strongest arguments prove nothing so long as the conclusions are not verified by experience. Experimental science is the queen of sciences and the goal of all speculation.

-- Roger Bacon (English Philosopher)

There's nothing secret about it. Everyone knows that I am waiting for my real parents, the king and queen, to come restore me to my rightful throne.

-- Meg Cabot (American Author)

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)

I've never had to pretend to be having sex with somebody. I'm like the queen of the foreplay dissolve.

-- Julia Roberts (American Actress)

When the whole point of Queen was to be original.

-- Freddie Mercury (British Musician)

The Bishop and Knight, in contradistinction to the Queen and Rook, are called Minor Pieces.

-- Howard Staunton (English Celebrity)

I wasn't a cheerleader or the prom queen. I don't move through the world with a mirror in front of my face, and I've never been attracted to projects that had an emphasis on what I look like.

-- Michael Michele (American Actor)

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

-- John Lone (American Actor)

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 met the Queen, the Pope, and we went all over Europe and Asia. I just wish I was older when I did all this. Then I could appreciate it more.

-- Rick Schroder (American Actor)

There's only one Elizabeth like me and that's the Queen.

-- Elizabeth Arden (Canadian Businessman)

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 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)

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)

I had a Christian upbringing - it was all about sin and guilt. I was very happy just kissing people. I was like the make-out queen - not even second base.

-- Mira Sorvino (American Actress)


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