1. [syn: queen, queen regnant, female monarch]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Queen \Queen\, n. [OE. quen, quene, queen, quean, AS. cw[=e]n
wife, queen, woman; akin to OS. qu[=a]n wife, woman, Icel.
kv[=a]n wife, queen, Goth. q[=e]ns. [root]221. See Quean.]
1. The wife of a king.
2. A woman who is the sovereign of a kingdom; a female
monarch; as, Elizabeth, queen of England; Mary, queen of
In faith, and by the heaven's quene. --Chaucer.
3. A woman eminent in power or attractions; the highest of
her kind; as, a queen in society; -- also used
figuratively of cities, countries, etc. " This queen of
cities." " Albion, queen of isles." --Cowper.
4. The fertile, or fully developed, female of social bees,
ants, and termites.
5. (Chess) The most powerful, and except the king the most
important, piece in a set of chessmen.
6. A playing card bearing the picture of a queen; as, the
queen of spades.
Queen apple. [Cf. OE. quyne aple quince apple.] A kind of
apple; a queening. "Queen apples and red cherries."
Queen bee (Zool.), a female bee, especially the female of
the honeybee. See Honeybee.
Queen conch (Zool.), a very large West Indian cameo conch
(Cassis cameo). It is much used for making cameos.
Queen consort, the wife of a reigning king. --Blackstone.
Queen dowager, the widow of a king.
Queen gold, formerly a revenue of the queen consort of
England, arising from gifts, fines, etc.
Queen mother, a queen dowager who is also mother of the
reigning king or queen.
Queen of May. See May queen, under May.
Queen of the meadow (Bot.), a European herbaceous plant
(Spir[ae]a Ulmaria). See Meadowsweet.
Queen of the prairie (Bot.), an American herb (Spir[ae]a
lobata) with ample clusters of pale pink flowers.
Queen pigeon (Zool.), any one of several species of very
large and handsome crested ground pigeons of the genus
Goura, native of New Guinea and the adjacent islands.
They are mostly pale blue, or ash-blue, marked with white,
and have a large occipital crest of spatulate feathers.
Called also crowned pigeon, goura, and Victoria
Queen regent, or Queen regnant, a queen reigning in her
Queen's Bench. See King's Bench.
Queen's counsel, Queen's evidence. See King's counsel,
King's evidence, under King.
Queen's delight (Bot.), an American plant (Stillinqia
sylvatica) of the Spurge family, having an herbaceous
stem and a perennial woody root.
Queen's metal (Metal.), an alloy somewhat resembling pewter
or britannia, and consisting essentially of tin with a
slight admixture of antimony, bismuth, and lead or copper.
Queen's pigeon. (Zool.) Same as Queen pigeon, above.
Queen's ware, glazed English earthenware of a cream color.
Queen's yellow (Old Chem.), a heavy yellow powder
consisting of a basic mercuric sulphate; -- formerly
called turpetum minerale, or Turbith's mineral.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a female sovereign ruler [syn: queen, queen regnant,
female monarch] [ant: Rex, king, male monarch]