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From Middle English queen, quene, cwen, from Old English cwēn, cwǣn (woman; wife, consort; queen, empress, royal princess), from Proto-Germanic *kwēniz (woman), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷḗn (woman). Cognate with Scots queen, wheen (queen), Old Saxon quān ("wife"; > Middle Low German quene (elderly woman)), Swedish kvinna (woman), Icelandic kvon (wife), Gothic 𐌵𐌴𐌽𐍃 (qēns, wife), Norwegian dialectal kvån (wife). Related to Old English cwene (woman; female serf, quean, prostitute), see quean.



queen (plural queens)

  1. A female monarch. Example: Queen Victoria
  2. The wife or widow of a king.
    Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  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 picture of a queen on its face, the twelfth card in a given suit.
  5. A powerful or forceful female person.
  6. (derogatory, slang) An effeminate male homosexual. See drag queen.
  7. A reproductive female animal in a hive, such as an ant, bee, termite or wasp.
  8. An adult female cat valued for breeding. See also tom.


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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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  3. (chess) To promote a pawn, usually to a queen.
  4. (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).
    • 2007, Madelynne Ellis, Dark Designs
      ...not Eloise, sat queening him. He couldn't wait to tip her velvet. He wanted to come, but not here, with these three. It was time to extract himself.
    • 2012, Yolanda Celbridge, The Castle of Maldona
      She saw his pink tongue flickering on Clare's exposed nympha as she queened him, her love juices shining on his chin and throat []


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