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Lee

[lee] /li/
noun
1.
Ann, 1736–84, British mystic: founder of Shaker sect in U.S.
2.
Charles, 1731–82, American Revolutionary general, born in England.
3.
Doris Emrick [em-rik] /ˈɛm rɪk/ (Show IPA), 1905–1986, U.S. painter.
4.
Fitzhugh
[fits-hyoo or, often, -yoo,, fits-hyoo or, often, -yoo] /ˈfɪtsˌhyu or, often, -ˌyu,, fɪtsˈhyu or, often, -ˈyu/ (Show IPA),
1835–1905, U.S. general and statesman (grandson of Henry Lee; nephew of Robert E. Lee).
5.
Francis Lightfoot
[lahyt-foo t] /ˈlaɪtˌfʊt/ (Show IPA),
1734–97, American Revolutionary statesman (brother of Richard H. Lee).
6.
Gypsy Rose (Rose Louise Hovick) 1914–70, U.S. entertainer.
7.
Harper, born 1926, U.S. novelist.
8.
Henry ("Light-Horse Harry") 1756–1818, American Revolutionary general (father of Robert E. Lee).
9.
Kuan Yew
[kwahn yoo] /kwɑn yu/ (Show IPA),
born 1923, Singapore political leader: prime minister 1959–90.
10.
Manfred Bennington
[man-frid] /ˈmæn frɪd/ (Show IPA),
("Ellery Queen") 1905–71, U.S. mystery writer, in collaboration with Frederic Dannay.
11.
Richard Henry, 1732–94, American Revolutionary statesman (brother of Francis L. Lee).
12.
Robert E(dward) 1807–70, U.S. soldier and educator: Confederate general in the American Civil War (son of Henry Lee).
13.
Sir Sidney, 1859–1926, English biographer and critic.
14.
Spike (Shelton Jackson Lee) born 1957, U.S. film director, screenwriter, and actor.
15.
Tsung-Dao
[dzoo ng-dou] /ˈdzʊŋˈdaʊ/ (Show IPA),
born 1926, Chinese physicist in the U.S.: Nobel Prize 1957.
16.
a town in W Massachusetts: resort.
17.
a male or female given name.

Queen

[kween] /kwin/
noun
1.
Ellery, joint pen name of Manfred Bennington Lee and Frederic Dannay.

Dannay

[dan-ey] /ˈdæn eɪ/
noun
1.
Frederic ("Ellery Queen") 1905–82, U.S. mystery writer, in collaboration with Manfred Bennington Lee.
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British Dictionary definitions for ellery queen

lee

/liː/
noun
1.
a sheltered part or side; the side away from the direction from which the wind is blowing
2.
(nautical) by the lee, so that the wind is blowing on the wrong side of the sail
3.
(nautical) under the lee, towards the lee
adjective
4.
(prenominal) (nautical) on, at, or towards the side or part away from the wind: on a lee shore Compare weather (sense 5)
Word Origin
Old English hlēow shelter; related to Old Norse hle

Lee1

/liː/
noun
1.
a river in SW Republic of Ireland, flowing east into Cork Harbour. Length: about 80 km (50 miles)

Lee2

/liː/
noun
1.
Ang (æŋ). born 1954, Taiwanese film director; his films include Sense and Sensibility (1995), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Brokeback Mountain (2005), and Life of Pi (2012)
2.
Bruce, original name Lee Yuen Kam. 1940–73, US film actor and kung fu expert who starred in such films as Enter the Dragon (1973)
3.
Gypsy Rose, original name Rose Louise Hovick. 1914–70, US striptease and burlesque artiste, who appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies (1936) and in films
4.
Laurie (ˈlɒrɪ). 1914–97, British poet and writer, best known for the autobiographical Cider with Rosie (1959)
5.
Richard Henry. 1732–94, American Revolutionary statesman, who moved the resolution in favour of American independence (1776)
6.
Robert E(dward). 1807–70, American general; commander-in-chief of the Confederate armies in the Civil War
7.
Spike, real name Shelton Jackson Lee. born 1957, US film director: his films include She's Gotta Have It (1985), Malcolm X (1992), and the documentary When the Leeves Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2008)
8.
T(sung)-D(ao) (tsuːŋ daʊ). born 1926, US physicist, born in China. With Yang he disproved the principle that that parity is always conserved and shared the Nobel prize for physics in 1957

queen

/kwiːn/
noun
1.
a female sovereign who is the official ruler or head of state
2.
the wife or widow of a king
3.
a woman or a thing personified as a woman considered the best or most important of her kind: a beauty queen, the queen of ocean liners
4.
(slang) an effeminate male homosexual
5.
  1. 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
  2. (as modifier): a queen bee
6.
an adult female cat
7.
one of four playing cards in a pack, one for each suit, bearing the picture of a queen
8.
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
verb
9.
(chess) to promote (a pawn) to a queen when it reaches the eighth rank
10.
(transitive) to crown as queen
11.
(intransitive) (informal) (of a gay man) to flaunt one's homosexuality
12.
(intransitive) to reign as queen
13.
(often foll by over) (informal) queen it, to behave in an overbearing manner
Word Origin
Old English cwēn; related to Old Saxon quān wife, Old Norse kvæn, Gothic qēns wife

Queen

/kwiːn/
noun
1.
Ellery (ˈɛlərɪ). pseudonym of Frederic Dannay (1905–82) and Manfred B. Lee (1905–71), US co-authors of detective novels featuring a sleuth also called Ellery Queen
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Word Origin and History for ellery queen

queen

n.

Old English cwen "queen, female ruler of a state, woman, wife," from Proto-Germanic *kwoeniz (cf. Old Saxon quan "wife," Old Norse kvaen, Gothic quens), ablaut variant of *kwenon (source of quean), from PIE *gwen- "woman, wife" supposedly originally "honored woman" (cf. Greek gyné "a woman, a wife;" Gaelic bean "woman;" Sanskrit janis "a woman," gná "wife of a god, a goddess;" Avestan jainish "wife;" Armenian kin "woman;" Old Church Slavonic zena, Old Prussian genna "woman;" Gothic qino "a woman, wife; qéns "a queen").

The original sense seems to have been "wife," specialized by Old English to "wife of a king." In Old Norse, still mostly of a wife generally, e.g. kvan-fang "marriage, taking of a wife," kvanlauss "unmarried, widowed," kvan-riki "the domineering of a wife." English is one of the few Indo-European languages to have a word for "queen" that is not a feminine derivative of a word for "king." The others are Scandinavian: Old Norse drottning, Danish dronning, Swedish drottning "queen," in Old Norse also "mistress," but these also are held to be ultimately from male words, e.g. Old Norse drottinn "master."

Used of chess piece from mid-15c. (as a verb in chess, in reference to a pawn that has reached the last rank, from 1789), of playing card from 1570s. Of bees from c.1600 (until late 17c., they generally were thought to be kings; cf. "Henry V," I.ii); queen bee in a figurative sense is from 1807. Meaning "male homosexual" (especially a feminine and ostentatious one) first certainly recorded 1924; probably here an alteration of quean, which is earlier in this sense. Queen Anne first used 1878 for "style characteristic of the time of Queen Anne of Great Britain and Ireland," who reigned 1702-14. Cincinnati, Ohio, has been the Queen City (of the West) since 1835.

lee

n.

Old English hleo "shelter, cover, defense, protection," from Proto-Germanic *khlewaz (cf. Old Norse hle, Danish , Old Saxon hleo, Dutch lij "lee, shelter"). No known cognates outside Germanic; original sense uncertain and might have been "warm" (cf. German lau "tepid," Old Norse hly "shelter, warmth"), which might link it to PIE *kele- (1) "warm." As an adjective, 1510s, from the noun.

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Slang definitions & phrases for ellery queen

queen

noun
  1. A woman, esp a wealthy and gracious one: Wouldn't it be luck if some ritzy queen fell for him! (1900+)
  2. A male homosexual, esp one who ostentatiously takes a feminine role: The queens look great strutting along the boardwalk (1924+ Homosexuals)
verb

(also queen it) To behave in a refined and haughty way (1611+)

Related Terms

closet queen, drag queen, main queen, size queen, tearoom queen, toe-jam queen

[homosexual sense probably a late 1800s alteration of quean, ''harlot, prostitute,'' influenced by connotations of queen, ''aged, dignified, tawdry, and overadorned'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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ellery queen in the Bible

No explicit mention of queens is made till we read of the "queen of Sheba." The wives of the kings of Israel are not so designated. In Ps. 45:9, the Hebrew for "queen" is not _malkah_, one actually ruling like the Queen of Sheba, but _shegal_, which simply means the king's wife. In 1 Kings 11:19, Pharaoh's wife is called "the queen," but the Hebrew word so rendered (g'birah) is simply a title of honour, denoting a royal lady, used sometimes for "queen-mother" (1 Kings 15:13; 2 Chron. 15:16). In Cant. 6:8, 9, the king's wives are styled "queens" (Heb. melakhoth). In the New Testament we read of the "queen of the south", i.e., Southern Arabia, Sheba (Matt. 12:42; Luke 11:31) and the "queen of the Ethiopians" (Acts 8:27), Candace.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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