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'Queen'

Definition of 'queen'
From: WordNet
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The only fertile female in a colony of social insects such as bees and ants and termites; its function is to lay eggs
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A female sovereign ruler [syn: queen, queen regnant, female monarch] [ant: Rex, king, male monarch]
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The wife or widow of a king
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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"
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A competitor who holds a preeminent position [syn: king, queen, world-beater]
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Offensive term for an openly homosexual man [syn: fagot, faggot, fag, fairy, nance, pansy, queen, queer, poof, poove, pouf]
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One of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a queen
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(chess) the most powerful piece
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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 [syn: queen, queen mole rat]
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Female cat [syn: tabby, queen]
verb
Promote to a queen, as of a pawn in chess
verb
Become a queen; "her pawn queened"
Definition of 'Queen'
From: GCIDE
Queen \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. [1913 Webster]
2. A woman who is the sovereign of a kingdom; a female monarch; as, Elizabeth, queen of England; Mary, queen of Scots. [1913 Webster]
In faith, and by the heaven's quene. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster]
4. The fertile, or fully developed, female of social bees, ants, and termites. [1913 Webster]
5. (Chess) The most powerful, and except the king the most important, piece in a set of chessmen. [1913 Webster]
6. A playing card bearing the picture of a queen; as, the queen of spades. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]
Queen apple. [Cf. OE. quyne aple quince apple.] A kind of apple; a queening. "Queen apples and red cherries." --Spenser.
Queen bee (Zool.), a female bee, especially the female of the honeybee. See Honeybee.
Queen conch (Zool.), 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 (Zool.), 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 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. (Zool.) 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. [1913 Webster]
Definition of 'Queen'
From: GCIDE
Queen \Queen\, v. i. To act the part of a queen. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Definition of 'Queen'
From: GCIDE
Queen \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. [1913 Webster]
Definition of 'queen'
From: Easton
Queen No explicit mention of queens is made till we read of the "queen of Sheba." The wives of the kings of Israel are not so designated. In Ps. 45:9, the Hebrew for "queen" is not _malkah_, one actually ruling like the Queen of Sheba, but _shegal_, which simply means the king's wife. In 1 Kings 11:19, Pharaoh's wife is called "the queen," but the Hebrew word so rendered (g'birah) is simply a title of honour, denoting a royal lady, used sometimes for "queen-mother" (1 Kings 15:13; 2 Chron. 15:16). In Cant. 6:8, 9, the king's wives are styled "queens" (Heb. melakhoth).
In the New Testament we read of the "queen of the south", i.e., Southern Arabia, Sheba (Matt. 12:42; Luke 11:31) and the "queen of the Ethiopians" (Acts 8:27), Candace.
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