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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