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(1)   Female cat
(2)   The only fertile female in a colony of social insects such as bees and ants and termites; its function is to lay eggs
(3)   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
(4)   (chess) the most powerful piece
(5)   One of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a queen
(6)   Offensive terms for an openly homosexual man
(7)   A competitor who holds a preeminent position
(8)   A female sovereign ruler
(9)   The wife or widow of a king
(10)   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"


(11)   Become a queen
"Her pawn queened"
(12)   Promote to a queen, as of a pawn in chess


From , from , . The same Middle English word also yielded .


  1. A female monarch. Example: Queen Victoria
  2. The wife of a king. Example: Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  3. The most powerful piece, able to move any number of spaces horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
  4. A playing card with the picture of a queen on its face, the twelfth card in a given suit.
  5. A powerful or forceful female person.
  6. An effeminate male homosexual. See drag queen.
  7. A reproductive female animal in a hive, such as an ant, bee, termite or wasp
  8. An adult female cat valued for breeding. See tom.

See also


  1. to make a queen
  2. to promote a pawn, usually to a queen.
  3. To sit on the face of (a partner) to receive oral sex.
    • 2000, "Lorelei", The Mistress Manual: The Good Girl's Guide to Female Dominance
      Try Queening him. Have him lie on his back while you sit on his face (make sure he has an airway through either his mouth or his nose).
    • 2007, Madelynne Ellis, Dark Designs
      ...not Eloise, sat queening him. He couldn't wait to tip her velvet. He wanted to come, but not here, with these three. It was time to extract himself.