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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)







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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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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