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noun [C] uk   us   /kwiːn/

queen noun [C] (WOMAN)

A2 a woman who rules a country because she has been born into a royal family, or a woman who is married to a king: How long did Queen Victoria reign? The Queen is meeting the prime minister today. any woman who is considered to be the best at what she does: She's the reigning queen of crime writers. the most powerful piece on the board in the game of chess in a group of insects, a single large female that produces eggs: a queen bee a queen ant a queen wasp in a set of playing cards, a card with a picture of a queen on it. It is usually worth less than a king.
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queen noun [C] (GAY MAN)

slang offensive a gay man, especially an older man, whose way of behaving is noticeable and artificial: James is such an old queen.
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