Meaning of “queen” in the English Dictionary

"queen" in British English

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queennoun [ C ]

uk /kwiːn/ 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.

(Definition of “queen” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"queen" in American English

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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 powerful piece on the board.

A queen is also a playing card with a picture of a queen on it:

the queen of hearts

In a group of insects, a queen is a large female that produces eggs:

a queen bee

(Definition of “queen” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)