queen Definition

  • 1a female ruler of an independent state, especially one who inherits the position by right of birth
  • 2the most powerful chess piece that each player has, able to move any number of unobstructed squares in any direction along a rank, file, or diagonal on which it stands
  • 3a woman or thing regarded as excellent or outstanding of its kind

Using queen: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "queen" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Queen Elizabeth II is the current monarch of the United Kingdom.

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    The queen in a game of chess can move in any direction.

  • Example

    She was known as the queen of soul music.

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    The queen bee is the leader of the hive.

queen Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for queen

Idioms Using queen

  • a woman who is kind and loving, especially to children


    She's known as the queen of hearts because she volunteers at the children's hospital every week.

  • to act in a superior or dominant manner towards someone


    He always tries to queen it over his coworkers, thinking he's better than them.

  • a woman who is in charge of her household or family


    She may be the queen of the castle, but she still values her husband's opinion.

Phrases with queen

  • a man who dresses up in women's clothing and makeup for entertainment purposes


    The drag queen performed a lip-syncing routine at the club.

  • the dominant female bee in a colony of social bees, which lays eggs and directs the work of the other bees


    The queen bee is responsible for the survival and growth of the hive.

  • a female student elected by her peers to be the queen of the prom


    She was thrilled to be crowned prom queen at the end of the night.

Origins of queen

from Old English 'cwēn', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch 'koningin' and German 'Königin'


Summary: queen in Brief

The term 'queen' [kwiːn] refers to a female ruler of an independent state, the most powerful chess piece, and a woman or thing regarded as excellent or outstanding. It extends into phrases like 'drag queen,' and idioms like 'queen of hearts,' denoting kindness, and 'queen it over someone,' implying dominance.

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