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Meaning of “queen” in the English Dictionary

"queen" in British English

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queennoun [C]

uk   us   /kwiːn/
  • queen noun [C] (WOMAN)

A2 a woman who ​rules a ​country because she has been ​born into a ​royalfamily, or a woman who is ​married to a ​king: How ​long did Queen Victoria reign? The Queen is ​meeting the ​primeminister today. any woman who is ​considered to be the ​best at what she does: She's the reigning queen ofcrimewriters. the most ​powerfulpiece on the ​board in the ​game of ​chess in a ​group of ​insects, a ​singlelargefemale that ​produceseggs: a queen ​bee a queen ​ant a queen ​wasp in a set of ​playingcards, 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.
(Definition of queen from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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queennoun [C]

 us   /kwin/
a woman who ​rules a ​country because she has been ​born into a ​family which by ​tradition or ​law has the ​right to ​rule, or the ​title given to such a woman: Queen Elizabeth II A queen is also a woman who is ​considered to be the ​best in some way: the ​reigning queen of ​crime writers a ​beauty queen In the ​game of ​chess, the queen is the most ​powerfulpiece on the ​board. A queen is also a ​playingcard with a ​picture of a queen on it: the queen of ​hearts In a ​group of ​insects, a queen is a ​largefemale that ​produceseggs: a queen ​bee
(Definition of queen from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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