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queen British & World English

The female ruler of an independent state, especially one who inherits the position by right of birth

Queen British & World English

A British rock group featuring camp vocalist Freddie Mercury (1946–91). Queen were known for their extravagant, almost operatic brand of rock, as exemplified by the hugely successful ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (1975)

queen English Thesaurus

the Queen waved and smiled

queen New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

capital in titles (Queen Jane) and often the Queen, but queen of Castile; style is Queen Elizabeth II or Queen Elizabeth the Second, not the II or IIth; chess abbreviation Q

ace high British & World English

(In card games) having the ace (or another specified card) as the highest-ranking

live like a king British & World English

Live in great comfort and luxury

the Queen in queen British & World English

(In the UK) the national anthem when there is a female sovereign

queen it over in queen British & World English

(Of a woman) behave in an unpleasantly superior way towards (someone)

Queen, Ellery British & World English

American writer of detective novels; pseudonym of Frederic Dannay (1905–82) and Manfred Lee (1905–71). The novels feature a detective also called Ellery Queen

May queen British & World English

A pretty girl chosen and crowned in traditional celebrations of May Day

queen bee British & World English

The single reproductive female in a hive or colony of honeybees

drag queen British & World English

A man who ostentatiously dresses up in women’s clothes

drama queen British & World English

A person who habitually responds to situations in a melodramatic way

fairy queen British & World English

(In stories) the queen of the fairies

opera queen British & World English

A male homosexual who is fanatical about opera, especially one characterized as being affectedly haughty and overrefined

Queen Anne British & World English

Denoting a style of English furniture or architecture characteristic of the early 18th century. The furniture is noted for its simple, proportioned style and for its cabriole legs and walnut veneer; the architecture is characterized by the use of red brick in simple, basically rectangular designs

queen cake British & World English

A small, soft, typically heart-shaped currant cake

Queen City British & World English

The pre-eminent city of a region

queen post British & World English

Either of two upright timbers between the tie beam and principal rafters of a roof truss

queen-sized British & World English

(Especially of a commercial product) of a larger size than the standard but smaller than something that is king-sized

beauty queen British & World English

A woman judged most beautiful in a beauty contest

Queen Dowager British & World English

The widow of a king

queen mother British & World English

The widow of a king and mother of the sovereign

queen scallop British & World English

A small edible European scallop

Queen Street British & World English

Used dismissively to refer to a rich person from the city who dabbles in rural life for fun or profit

virgin queen British & World English

An unfertilized queen bee

queen's pawn British & World English

The pawn occupying the square immediately in front of each player’s queen at the start of a game

queen's rook British & World English

Each player’s rook on the queen’s side of the board at the start of a game

Queen's Award British & World English

(In the UK) any of a number of annual awards given to firms for achievements in exporting goods or services or in advancing technology

Queen's Bench British & World English

(In the UK) a division of the High Court of Justice

queen's bishop British & World English

Each player’s bishop on the queen’s side of the board at the start of a game

Queen's bounty British & World English

In the reign of a queen, the term for King's bounty.

Queen's colour British & World English

(In the UK) a silk union flag carried by a particular regiment along with its regimental colour

Queen's County British & World English

Former name for Laois.

Queen's Guide British & World English

(In the UK) a Guide who has reached the highest rank of proficiency

queen's knight British & World English

Each player’s knight on the queen’s side of the board at the start of a game

Queen's Scout British & World English

(In the UK) a Scout who has reached the highest standard of proficiency

Queen's Speech British & World English

(In the UK) a statement read by the sovereign at the opening of a new session of parliament, detailing the government’s proposed legislative programme


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