Definition of ice queen in US English:

ice queen

noun

  • 1In folklore, fairy tales, etc.: a female spirit or supernatural being who rules over a land of ice and snow.

  • 2Figurative (frequently derogatory) A cold-hearted and emotionless woman; (in later use) specifically a woman (especially a beautiful or alluring one) who is regarded as cold or unresponsive.

Origin

Early 19th century (in an earlier sense). From ice + queen.

Pronunciation

ice queen

/ˈʌɪs kwiːn/