Definition of queen bee in English:

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queen bee

Pronunciation: /ˌkwēn ˈbē/

noun

1The single reproductive female in a hive or colony of honeybees.
Example sentences
  • To scientists, that's as bizarre a finding as a queen bee spawning a colony of ants.
  • Our scientists surmised that the bulk of any emotional consideration was left to the queens, who ruled the Zylon like a queen bee does her hive.
  • Produced by glands in worker bees' heads, royal jelly is fed to larvae and the adult queen bee.
1.1 informal A woman who has a dominant or controlling position in a particular group or sphere.
Example sentences
  • Washington DC is a matriarchal society and I am the queen bee.
  • She is the fashion correspondent for the International Herald Tribune and by the lights of the arcane pecking order of this bizarre business is accepted as the queen bee.
  • The role of Eva Phillips, the queen bee who achieves her selfish aims by stinging any rivals around her that might challenge her supremacy, seemed tailor-made for Crawford.

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