1582, Thomas Lupton, The Christian Against the Jesuite, London, retrieved 14 January 2022, page 50v:
But our mercifull Queene Elizabeth hath not burned the popiſh prieſtes on the alters where they committed idolatrie in ſaying of Maſſe, and worſhipped a piece of breade for the bodie of Chriſte (which ſhee might haue done if ſhee would) and yet you count not her for a godly and mercifull Queene.
2017 March 17, Sam Knight, “‘London Bridge Is Down’: The Secret Plan for the Days After the Queen’s Death”, in The Guardian, London, retrieved 16 January 2022:
In 1952, at the last accession, there were only eight members of the new entity taking shape in the outline of the British Empire. The Queen was the head of state in seven of them, and she was proclaimed Head of the Commonwealth to accommodate India’s lone status as a republic.
A woman whose pre-eminence, power, or forcefulness is comparable to that of a queen.
1620, Thomas Tell-Troth [pseudonym of Joseph Swetnam], The Araignment of Lewd, Idle, Froward, and Unconstant Women: Or the Vanitie of Them, Choose You Whether, London, published 1807, retrieved 14 January 2022:
[…] and yet I will not ſay but amongſt duſt there is Pearle found, and in hard rockes Dyamonds of great value, and ſo amongſt many women there are ſome good, as that gracious and glorious Queene of all woman kinde the Virgin Mary the mother of al bliſſe, what wun her honour, but an humble minde and her paines and loue vnto our Sauiour Chriſt.
But now I was the Lord Of this faire manſion,maſter of my ſeruants, Queene ore my ſelfe : and euen now,but now.
1973 April 1, Phyl Garland, “Sounds”, in Ebony, volume 28, number 6, Chicago: Johnson Publishing Co., retrieved 16 January 2022, page 33:
Regardless of what one thinks of that Hollywoodish distortion of her life story, it did stimulate an interest in the late Lady Day, though one might speculate as to whether the effect would have been the same had the film starred someone other than Diana Ross, a reigning queen of pop culture.
(slang, originally US) An attractive woman; a female partner in a romantic relationship.
1914, Franklin P. Adams , By and Large, Garden City, New York: Doulbleday, Page & Company, retrieved 15 January 2022, page 142:
Know you the town is full of folks? Know you the shows are full of queens? That every mail is full of jokes Born of the nation's brightest beans?
1999, Camika Spencer, When All Hell Breaks Loose, New York: Villard, →ISBN, retrieved 15 January 2022, page 38:
When I find my queen, we’re having a whole tribe like our grandparents used to swing it back in the day.
Something regarded as the greatest of its kind or as having pre-eminence or power comparable to that of a queen over a given area.
1508, William Dunbar, “The Goldyn Targe”, in William Dunbar; Priscilla Bawcutt, editor, The Poems of William Dunbar, volume 1, Glasgow: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, published 1998, →ISBN, page 186:
Thare saw I May, of myrthfull monethis quene.
2006, John Milbank, Theology and Social Theory, 2nd edition, Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing, →ISBN, page 418:
The foregoing eleven chapters of criticism were but preludes to an assertion: of theology as itself a social science, and the queen of the sciences for the inhabitants of the altera civitas, on pilgrimage through this temporary world.
1562, Damiano da Odemira, Iames Rowbothum, transl., The Pleasaunt and Wittie Playe of the Cheasts Renewed, with Instructions Both to Learne It Easely, and to Play It Well, London, page A7v:
For this cauſe that when he [the pawn] can procede so well in warre, as to arriue at the laſte rancke of hys enemies, he is choſen and made the beſt piece of the playe, to wit, he is the Quene.
1761, Edmond Hoyle, An Essay Towards Making the Game of Chess Easily Learned, London, retrieved 13 January 2022, page 51:
And, further, let us ſuppoſe, that your King is at Liberty to attack his Pawns upon one Side of the Board, by reckoning how many moves it will take your King to march and take thoſe two Pawns, and alſo, by adding the Number of Moves, which will be neceſſary for you to make a Queen with one of your Pawns: You will, by this Method, find out the exact number of Moves, before you can make a Queen.
A playing card with a depiction of a queen on it, generally ranking next below the king and above the jack in a given suit.
1893, C. H. Hughes, “Postscript to Paper on ‘Erotopathia’”, in The Alienist and Neurologist, volume 14, retrieved 4 February 2022, pages 731–732:
[…] all of these men are lasciviously dressed in womanly attire, short sleeves, low-necked dresses and the usual ball-room decorations and ornaments of women, feathered and ribboned head-dresses, garters, frills, flowers, ruffles, etc., and deport themselves as women. Standing or seated on a pedestal, but accessible to all the rest, is the naked queen (a male), whose phallic member, decorated with a ribbon, is subject to the gaze and osculations in turn, of all the members of this lecherous gang of sexual perverts and phallic fornicators.
1919, Lawrence R. Murphy, Perverts by Official Order: The Campaign Against Homosexuals by the United States Navy, New York: Harrington Park Press, published 1988, →ISBN, page 57:
[…] operator Charles Zipf described the “feminine” attire found in Gianelli’s room, reported his description of other “queens,” and passed on “Salome’s” admission of having had sex with men from the U.S.S. Baltimore.
1974 March 1, Bebe Scarpi, “Intro 2, a Threat to Transvestites?”, in Gay, volume 5, number 112, New York: Four Swords, retrieved 13 January 2022, page 5:
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.
1935 December 30, Foreign Agricultural Service, “Spanish Pickled Olive Production and Supplies”, in Foreign Crops and Markets, volume 31, number 27, Washington: United States Department of Agriculture, retrieved 4 February 2022, page 931:
The combined quantity of Queens and Manzanillas to be pickled from the 1935 olive crop in the Seville District of Spain is estimated at 32,500 short tons, according to a report received from N. I. Nielsen, Agricultural Attaché at Paris.
(homosexual man): 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.
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1996, Lorelei, The Mistress Manual: The Good Girl’s Guide to Female Dominance, Scranton, Pennsylvania: Berkana Press, →ISBN, page 138:
The classic posture, in which you lie on your back while the male serves you, may make him feel arrogant and in charge. 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).
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[…]
Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 96