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queen

1. a female sovereign who is the official ruler or head of state
2. the wife or widow of a king
3. 
a. the only fertile female in a colony of social insects, such as bees, ants, and termites, from the eggs of which the entire colony develops
b. (as modifier): a queen bee
4. an adult female cat
5. one of four playing cards in a pack, one for each suit, bearing the picture of a queen
6. a chess piece, theoretically the most powerful piece, able to move in a straight line in any direction or diagonally, over any number of squares

queen

[kwēn]
(invertebrate zoology)
A mature, fertile female in a colony of ants, bees, or termites, whose function is to lay eggs.

Queen

(dreams)
In African folklore, the King is said to be “the one who holds all life, human and cosmic, in his hands; the keystone of society and the universe.” In the modern world, we may not associate the King with ultimate power, knowledge, or wisdom. However, historically the mythical King was highly spiritual, was the center of the wheel of life, and was said to have a regulatory function in the cosmos. Psychologically, the king and the queen are said to be the “archetypes of human perfection.” As a dream symbol, you can understand the king or queen in your dream by realizing that they represent your ability for independence, self-understanding, and self-determination. They also represent inner wealth that will enable you to be your best and help you to achieve your goals. Consciously, you may never have the desire to be a king or queen, but psychologically, these figures are symbolic of our highest potential and our desire to be the “king or queen” of our own world and our own lives. On rare occasions and depending on the details of the dream, the king and queen may represent a powerful force that is unkind and tyrannical.
References in classic literature ?
Queen Eleanor sat in her royal bower, through the open casements of which poured the sweet yellow sunshine in great floods of golden light.
Thus Robin Hood and Little John and Will Scarlet and Allan a Dale came before the Queen into her own royal bower.
`Get up!' said the Queen, in a shrill, loud voice, and the three gardeners instantly jumped up, and began bowing to the King, the Queen, the royal children, and everybody else.
`Leave off that!' screamed the Queen. `You make me giddy.' And then, turning to the rose-tree, she went on, `What HAVE you been doing here?'
Mistress Dale, also, can go with her husband and be company for the Queen's page.
Besides, the good Queen's warrant and ring would have answered for them, as indeed it did at the gates of London.
"That is to say, whom you do not like," returned the queen.
"You see, cardinal," replied the queen, "that your enemies are mine."
I tell you the queen does not love me; I tell you she loves another; I tell you she loves that infamous Buckingham!
She had not been walking a minute before she found herself face to face with the Red Queen, and full in sight of the hill she had been so long aiming at.
But the queen, now that she thought Snowdrop was dead, believed that she must be the handsomest lady in the land; and she went to her glass and said:
The Queen, whose ambition was boundless, was delighted to see the crown on her son's head and to have the power in her own hands.