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Dictionary Definition



1 the only fertile female in a colony of social insects such as bees and ants and termites; its function is to lay eggs
2 a female sovereign ruler [syn: queen regnant, female monarch] [ant: king, king]
3 the wife or widow of a king
4 something personified as a woman who is considered the best or most important of her kind; "Paris is the queen of cities"; "the queen of ocean liners"
5 a competitor who holds a preeminent position [syn: king, world-beater]
6 offensive terms for an openly homosexual man [syn: fagot, faggot, fag, fairy, nance, pansy, queer, poof, poove, pouf]
7 one of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a queen
8 (chess) the most powerful piece
9 especially large and only member of a colony of naked mole rats to bear offspring sired by only a few males
10 female cat [syn: tabby]


1 promote to a queen, as of a pawn in chess
2 become a queen; "her pawn queened"

User Contributed Dictionary



quene, from cwēn or cwene


  • /kwiːn/
  • /kwi:n/
  • Rhymes with: -iːn


  1. A female monarch. Ex: # The wife of a king. Ex: # (chess) Piece able to move both horizontally and diagonally any number of spaces; most powerful piece.
  2. (playing cards) Playing card with picture of queen on its face, 12th card in a given suit.
  3. A powerful or forceful female person.
  4. In the context of "derogatory|slang": . An effeminate male homosexual. See Drag queen.
  5. A reproductive female animal in a hive, such as an ant, bee, termite or wasp
  6. An adult female cat valued for breeding. See tom.



female monarch
wife of a king
chess piece
  • Croatian: kraljica
  • Czech: dáma
  • Danish: dronning
  • Dutch: dame , koningin (unofficial)
  • Esperanto: reĝino
  • Finnish: kuningatar
  • French: dame
  • German: Dame
  • Greek: βασίλισσα (vasílissa)
  • Hebrew: מלכה (mālkā)
  • Hungarian: királynő
  • Icelandic: drottning
  • Indonesian: ratu
  • Italian: regina
  • Japanese: クイーン
  • Malayalam: രാജ്ഞി (raajnji), റാണി (RaaNi)
  • Maltese: sultana
  • Norwegian: dronning
  • Novial: rega
  • Polish: hetman
  • Portuguese: dama, rainha
  • Romanian: regină, damă
  • Russian: ферзь (ferz’) , королева (koroléva)
  • Slovene: kraljica, dama
  • Spanish: reina
  • Swedish: dam, drottning
  • Telugu: రాణి (raani)
  • Turkish: vezir
  • Vietnamese: (quân) Hậu
playing card
  • Croatian: dama
  • Afrikaans vrou
  • Czech: dáma
  • Danish: dame
  • Dutch: vrouw, dame
  • Esperanto: reĝino
  • Finnish: kuningatar, rouva, akka (colloquial)
  • French: reine, dame
  • German: Dame
  • Hebrew: מלכה (mālkā)
  • Hungarian: dáma
  • Icelandic: drottning
  • Indonesian: ratu
  • Irish: banríon
  • Italian: regina, donna
  • Japanese: クイーン
  • Malayalam: രാജ്ഞി (raajnji), റാണി (RaaNi)
  • Maltese: donna
  • Norwegian: dronning
  • Novial: rega
  • Polish: dama
  • Portuguese: dama
  • Romanian: damă
  • Russian: дама
  • Slovene: dama
  • Spanish: reina
  • Swedish: dam
  • Telugu: రాణి (raani)
  • Turkish: kız
  • Vietnamese: (quân) đam
powerful or forceful female person
  • Croatian: kraljica
  • Czech: královna
  • Danish: dronning
  • Finnish: valtiatar, matriarkka
  • Polish: caryca
  • Russian: королева
  • Spanish: reina
  • Vietnamese: chúa
slang: male homosexual
  • Danish: bøsse
  • Finnish: homo
  • German: Tunte
  • Greek: πούστης
  • Indonesian: homo, hombre, banci
  • Polish: ciota, homo, pedał
  • Spanish: loca, reinona
  • Swedish: fjolla, bög
reproductive female animal in a hive
  • Czech: královna
  • Danish: dronning
  • Dutch: koningin
  • Finnish: kuningatar
  • French: reine
  • German: Königin
  • Greek: βασίλισσα
  • Hebrew: מלכה (mālkā)
  • Icelandic: drottning
  • Italian: ape regina
  • Maltese: reġina tan-naħal
  • Norwegian: dronning
  • Polish: królowa
  • Romanian: regină
  • Russian: матка, царица
  • Slovene: matica
  • Spanish: reina
  • Swedish: drottning
  • Turkish: kraliçe
  • Vietnamese: con (+ kiến=ant, ong=bee, mối=termite) chúa
adult female cat
  • Dutch: wijfjeskat , poes , kattin (Flemish)
  • Finnish: naaraskissa
  • French: folle
  • Icelandic: læða
  • Italian: gatta
  • Hebrew: חתולה (ḥātulā)
  • Maltese: qattusa
  • Polish: kocica, kotka

Derived terms

See also


  1. to make a queen
  2. to convert a pawn into a queen


to make a queen
chess: to convert a pawn into a queen

Extensive Definition

In singular form, Queen may refer to: In government and monarchy:
See also :Category:Queens
In arts and literature:
In zoology: In religion and folklore:
  • May Queen, the goddess of spring or a young girl chosen to personify her as part of a springtime celebration
  • Mary, mother of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, as known by several epithets, including "Queen of the World," "Queen of Heaven," and "Queen of Angels"
In games and sports:
In popular culture:
  • Queen (automobile), three automobiles manufactured under the name "Queen"
  • A term, sometimes derogatory, for an openly gay male
  • Drag queen, a (usually male) entertainer dressed in woman's clothing
  • The winner of a beauty contest
  • An elected queen of a high school or college homecoming
  • The elected queen of a formal dance held at high schools in the U.S.A. and other countries

See also

queen in Bosnian: Kraljica
queen in Catalan: Ploma (LGBT)
queen in Czech: Královna
queen in Danish: Dronning
queen in German: Queen
queen in Spanish: Reina
queen in French: Reine
queen in Korean: 퀸 (동음이의)
queen in Indonesian: Ratu (disambiguasi)
queen in Italian: Queen (disambigua)
queen in Dutch: Koningin
queen in Japanese: クイーン
queen in Norwegian: Queen (andre betydninger)
queen in Portuguese: Rainha
queen in Hindi: रानी

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Kaiserin, ace, ant, army ant, auntie, beauty queen, bee, begum, best bower, bi-guy, bisexual, bishop, black ant, bower, bull dyke, bumblebee, butch, cards, carpenter ant, castle, catamite, champion, chessman, chicken, choice, chosen, clubs, cream, crown princess, cynosure, czarina, deck, deuce, diamonds, diva, drone, dummy, dyke, elect, elite, emmet, empress, epitome, face cards, fag, faggot, fairy, fat, femme, fire ant, flit, flower, flush, fricatrice, fruit, full house, grand duchess, gunsel, hand, hearts, homo, homophile, homosexual, homosexualist, honeybee, hornet, house ant, idol, infanta, invert, jack, joker, king, knave, knight, kumari, kunwari, leader, leading light, left bower, lesbian, maharani, malikzadi, man, model, monarch, nance, nonesuch, nonpareil, optimum, pack, pair, pansy, paragon, pathic, pawn, pick, picture cards, piece, pismire, playing cards, prima donna, prime, princess, princesse, prize, punk, queen bee, queen consort, queen dowager, queen regent, queen regnant, queer, quintessence, raj-kumari, rani, red ant, rook, round, royal flush, rubber, ruff, ruler, sapphist, select, shahzadi, singleton, slave ant, soldier, sovereign, sovereign princess, sovereign queen, spades, star, straight, superlative, termite, the best, the best ever, the tops, the very best, trey, tribade, trick, trump, wasp, worker, yellow jacket
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