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Topic: INSECTS

Language: Old English
Origin: cwen 'woman, queen'

queen

1 noun
     
queen1 S2 W2 [countable]
1

ruler

also Queen
a) PGO the female ruler of a country [↪ king]
queen of
Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt
Queen Elizabeth
At eighteen, Victoria was crowned queen (=officially became ruler).
b) PGO the wife of a king:
the future queen
2

card

DGC a playing card with a picture of a queen on it:
the queen of diamonds
3

the queen of something

the woman or place that is considered the best in a particular area or activity:
With 42 albums, she was the queen of pop.
Paris, the queen of fashion
4

competition

American English the woman who wins a beauty competition, or who is chosen to represent a school, area etc:
the carnival queen
5

insect

HBI a large female bee, ant etc, which lays the eggs for a whole group
6

queen bee

a woman who behaves as if she is the most important person in a place
7

homosexual

taboo informal an offensive word for a male homosexual who behaves very like a woman. Do not use this word.
8

chess

DGB the most powerful piece in the game of chess
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