Definition of queen noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kwiːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kwiːn//
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    female ruler
  1. 1   the female ruler of an independent state that has a royal family to be crowned queen kings and queens the Queen of Norway Queen Victoria
  2. 2   (also queen consort) the wife of a king
  3. best in group
  4. 3queen (of something) a woman, place or thing that is thought to be one of the best in a particular group or area the queen of fashion a movie queen Venice, queen of the Adriatic
  5. at festival
  6. 4a woman or girl chosen to perform official duties at a festival or celebration a carnival queen a May queen (= at a festival to celebrate the coming of spring) a homecoming queen see also beauty queen
  7. in chess
  8. 5 the most powerful piece used in the game of chess that can move any number of squares in any direction
  9. in cards
  10. 6 a playing card with the picture of a queen on it
  11. insect
  12. 7a large female insect that lays eggs for the whole group a queen bee See related entries: Invertebrates
  13. homosexual
  14. 8(informal, taboo) an offensive word for a male homosexual who behaves like a woman
  15. Word OriginOld English cwēn, of Germanic origin; related to quean ‘badly behaved woman or girl’.Extra examples England under Queen Elizabeth I Kelly was thrilled to be picked as the town’s carnival queen. She was crowned queen at the age of fifteen. She was nominated for prom queen in high school. She was the queen bee of the society circuit. Stop behaving like a drama queen! the Queen of France the queen’s decision to abdicate She became queen after the sudden death of her brother. The King and Queen of Denmark attended the wedding. The banquet will be hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.Idioms
    turn King’s/Queen’s evidence (British English) (US English turn state’s evidence)
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    to give information against other criminals in order to get a less severe punishment compare plea bargaining
    the uncrowned king/queen (of something)
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    the person considered to be the best, most famous or successful in a particular place or area of activity