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queen bee

a fertile female bee.
a woman who is in a favored or preeminent position.
Origin of queen bee
1600-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Gladys was as bright and busy as a queen-bee, and Minette was all tears and smiles.

    Gladys, the Reaper Anne Beale
  • Actually you are the queen-bee; with all your swarm about you.'

    The Heroine Eaton Stannard Barrett
  • True, he conceded, the queen-bee does fly and the strongest male overtakes and fertilizes her.

    The Critical Game John Albert Macy
  • She is the queen-bee of this country hive; and I—I am a harmless enough drone.

    The Book of Susan Lee Wilson Dodd
  • And what duties, said my wife, does the queen-bee perform, that have any resemblance to those incumbent upon me?

  • The ancients supposed that the queen-bee was indeed the queen and ruler of the hive.

    Woman and Womanhood C. W. Saleeby
  • I formerly related how the amputation of these affects the queen-bee.

  • The queen-bee appeared scandalised at her sister's proposal, and shook her little wise head at her.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • The queen-bee is the only perfect female in the hive, and all the eggs are laid by her.

  • The queen-bee imagined that there must be a hole in his pocket, through which the pincushion had fallen on the stairs.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
British Dictionary definitions for queen-bee

queen bee

the fertile female bee in a hive
(informal) a woman in a position of dominance or ascendancy over her peers or associates
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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