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Noun: queen  kween
  1. The only fertile female in a colony of social insects such as bees and ants and termites; its function is to lay eggs
  2. A female sovereign ruler
    - queen regnant, female monarch
  3. The wife or widow of a king
  4. Something personified as a woman who is considered the best or most important of her kind
    "Paris is the queen of cities"; "the queen of ocean liners"
  5. A competitor who holds a preeminent position
    - king, world-beater
  6. [offensive] A homosexual man
    - gay man
  7. One of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a queen
  8. (chess) piece able to move both horizontally and diagonally any number of spaces; most powerful piece
  9. An especially large mole rat and the only member of a colony of naked mole rats to bear offspring which are sired by only a few males
    - queen mole rat
  10. An adult female cat valued for breeding
    - tabby
Verb: queen  kween
  1. Promote to a queen, as of a pawn in chess
  2. (chess) become a queen
    "her pawn queened"

Sounds like: quean

Derived forms: queened, queens, queening

Type of: cat, challenger, chess piece, chessman, competition, competitor, contender, court card, domestic cat, face card, Felis catus, Felis domesticus, female aristocrat, gay, homophile [archaic], homosexual, house cat, insect, kitty, kitty-cat, mog [Brit], moggie [Brit], moggy [Brit], naked mole rat, personification, picture card, promote, puss, pussy, pussycat, rival

Antonym: king

Part of: deck, deck of cards, pack [Brit], pack of cards, royal family, royal house, royal line, royalty

Encyclopedia: Queen, New Mexico