queen

[kween]

noun

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. quechan,
  2. quechua,
  3. quechuan,
  4. queckenstedt-stookey test,
  5. queef,
  6. queen anne,
  7. queen anne's bounty,
  8. queen anne's lace,
  9. queen anne's war,
  10. queen bee

Origin of queen

before 900; Middle English quene, quen, Old English cwēn woman, queen; cognate with Old Saxon quān, Old Norse kvān, Gothic qēns < Germanic *kwēni-; akin to Old Irish ben, Greek gynḗ woman, Russian zhená, Sanskrit jani wife

Related formsqueen·less, adjectivequeen·like, adjectiveun·der·queen, noun

Queen

[kween]

noun

Ellery, joint pen name of Manfred Bennington Lee and Frederick Dannay.
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British Dictionary definitions for queen

queen

noun

a female sovereign who is the official ruler or head of state
the wife or widow of a king
a woman or a thing personified as a woman considered the best or most important of her kinda beauty queen; the queen of ocean liners
slang an effeminate male homosexual
  1. 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
  2. (as modifier)a queen bee
an adult female cat
one of four playing cards in a pack, one for each suit, bearing the picture of a queen
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

verb

chess to promote (a pawn) to a queen when it reaches the eighth rank
(tr) to crown as queen
(intr) informal (of a gay man) to flaunt one's homosexuality
(intr) to reign as queen
queen it (often foll by over) informal to behave in an overbearing manner

Word Origin for queen

Old English cwēn; related to Old Saxon quān wife, Old Norse kvæn, Gothic qēns wife

Queen

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for queen

queen

n.
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