queen

[ kween ]
/ kwin /

noun

verb (used without object)

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Origin of queen

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

usage note for queen

The term queen is usually used with disparaging intent and perceived as insulting when in reference to a gay man, especially one considered to be effeminate or flamboyant. However, within the gay community, it is sometimes used in a friendly, teasing, or facetious manner, and can also be a positive term of self-reference.

OTHER WORDS FROM queen

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

Definition for queen (2 of 2)

Queen
[ kween ]
/ kwin /

noun

Ellery, joint pen name of Manfred Bennington Lee and Frederick Dannay.
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British Dictionary definitions for queen (1 of 2)

queen
/ (kwiːn) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for queen

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

British Dictionary definitions for queen (2 of 2)

Queen
/ (kwiːn) /

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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