• IPA: /kwiːn/, [kʷwiːn], enPR: kwēn

queen (plural queens)

  1. A female monarch. Example: Queen Victoria.
  2. The wife or widow of a king.
  3. (chess) The most powerful piece, able to move any number of spaces horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
  4. (card games) A playing card with the letter "Q" and the image of a queen on it, the twelfth card in a given suit.
  5. A red disk that is the most valuable piece in the Asian game of carom.
  6. A powerful or forceful female person.
  7. (LGBT, slang, often, derogatory) An effeminate male homosexual. (See usage notes.)
    • , Bebe Scarpi, quoted in 2007, Stephan Cohen, The Gay Liberation Youth Movement in New York ISBN 1135905673, page 196:
      Despite one's opinion of Sylvia I can attest to the purity of her intent and dedication, and, no one will dare deny she is one gutsy queen.
  8. A reproductive female animal in a hive, such as an ant, bee, termite or wasp.
  9. An adult female cat valued for breeding. See also tom.
  10. A queen olive.
    • 1984, United States International Trade Commission, Bottled green olives from Spain (page A-24)
      Prices for the two main types of Spanish style green olives - manzanillas and queens - vary according to the size of the crop of each. In some years queens will be more expensive than manzanillas […]
  11. A monarch butterfly (Danaus spp.)
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queen (queens, present participle queening; past queened, past participle queened)

  1. To make a queen.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To act the part of a queen; to queen it.
  3. (chess) To promote a pawn, usually to a queen.
  4. (beekeeping) To provide with a new queen.
  5. (beekeeping) To be the queen of a colony.
  6. (BDSM, slang, transitive, of a female) To sit on the face of (a partner) to receive oral sex.
    • 2000, "Lorelei", The Mistress Manual: The Good Girl's Guide to Female Dominance
      Try Queening him. Have him lie on his back while you sit on his face (make sure he has an airway through either his mouth or his nose).
Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: promover
  • Russian: пе́шку прово́дят в ферзи́
  • Spanish: coronar

Proper noun
  1. A title given to queens.
    Queen Elizabeth II
  2. In Commonwealth countries, the state, as symbolized by the queen, particularly in legal matters.
    Her Majesty the Queen v. Smith, style of cause of a criminal case.
  3. Surname, originating as a nickname

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