synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of queen in English

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Alternative forms

  • queene, quene, queyne (obsolete)


From Middle English quene, queen, cwen, from Old English cwēn (queen), from Proto-Germanic *kwēniz (woman), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷénh₂s (woman). Cognate with Scots queen, wheen (queen), Old Saxon quān ("wife"; > Middle Low German quene (elderly woman)), Dutch kween (woman past child-bearing age), Swedish kvinna (woman), Icelandic kvon (wife), Gothic 𐌵𐌴𐌽𐍃 (qēns, wife), Norwegian dialectal kvån (wife). Related to Old English cwene (woman; female serf, quean), see quean. Eclipsed non-native Middle English regina (queen), borrowed from Latin rēgīna (queen).


  • IPA(key): /kwiːn/, [kʷwiːn], enPR: kwēn
  • Rhymes: -iːn
  • Homophone: quean


queen (plural queens)

  1. A female monarch. Example: Queen Victoria.
  2. The wife or widow of a king.
  3. (chess) The most powerful piece, able to move any number of spaces horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
  4. (card games) A playing card with the letter "Q" and the image of a queen on it, the twelfth card in a given suit.
  5. A red disk that is the most valuable piece in the Asian game of carom.
  6. A powerful or forceful female person.
  7. (LGBT, slang, often derogatory) An effeminate male homosexual. (See usage notes.)
    • (Can we date this quote?), Bebe Scarpi, quoted in 2007, Stephan Cohen, The Gay Liberation Youth Movement in New York →ISBN, page 196:
      Despite one's opinion of Sylvia I can attest to the purity of her intent and dedication, and, no one will dare deny she is one gutsy queen.
  8. A reproductive female animal in a hive, such as an ant, bee, termite or wasp.
  9. An adult female cat valued for breeding. See also tom.
  10. A queen olive.
    • 1984, United States International Trade Commission, Bottled green olives from Spain (page A-24)
      Prices for the two main types of Spanish style green olives - manzanillas and queens - vary according to the size of the crop of each. In some years queens will be more expensive than manzanillas []
  11. A monarch butterfly (Danaus spp.)

Usage notes

  • (LGBT): The term can be either derogatory or a self-identification. (Compare nigger.)
  • (LGBT): Some of the people who were historically (in the late 1960s and 1970s) described as "queens" or "drag queens" or "street queens" are now sometimes considered transgender, especially when their gender identity is female or non-binary/genderqueer rather than male. Some people, like Sylvia Rivera, self-identified as both a "transgender person" and a "street queen". Drag queens, too, can have any gender identity.


  • (female monarch): queen regnant
  • (wife of a king): queen consort
  • (LGBT): See Thesaurus:male homosexual
  • (playing card): bitch, cowgirl, girl, lady, mop squeezer

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  • Sikaiana: kuini

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queen (third-person singular simple present queens, present participle queening, simple past and past participle queened)

  1. To make a queen.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To act the part of a queen; to queen it.
  3. (chess) To promote a pawn, usually to a queen.
  4. (beekeeping) To provide with a new queen.
  5. (beekeeping) To be the queen of a colony.
  6. (BDSM, slang, transitive, of a female) To sit on the face of (a partner) to receive oral sex.
    • 2000, "Lorelei", The Mistress Manual: The Good Girl's Guide to Female Dominance
      Try Queening him. Have him lie on his back while you sit on his face (make sure he has an airway through either his mouth or his nose).

Derived terms

  • queen out


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  • quene

Middle English



  1. Alternative form of quene (queen)

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