Definition of queen bee in US English:

queen bee


  • 1The single reproductive female in a hive or colony of honeybees.

    • ‘They said the varroa mite, likely introduced to New Zealand five years ago on an illegally imported queen bee, has decimated feral bees, and orchard and home fruit trees need help.’
    • ‘Produced by glands in worker bees' heads, royal jelly is fed to larvae and the adult queen bee.’
    • ‘Our scientists surmised that the bulk of any emotional consideration was left to the queens, who ruled the Zylon like a queen bee does her hive.’
    • ‘The queen bee eats the workers' eggs to retain her control over the colony.’
    • ‘Meet bee keeper, Matt Moran and see the queen bee, her drones and all her worker bees making honey.’
    • ‘Clynderwen beekeeper, Tom Pegg, quickly responded to an urgent phone call and, after calming the bees with a fine mist of water, he was able to transfer the queen bee into a box.’
    • ‘In nature, a queen bee will mate with as many as 20 drones.’
    • ‘There is usually one queen bee and some 40,000 to 50,000 worker bees per hive in summertime.’
    • ‘The hive is run by a queen bee, who can live for several years.’
    • ‘The trade and transportation of queen bees and swarms of bees without a certificate of origin and a veterinary certificate would be prohibited under the bill.’
    • ‘A Royal beekeeper rushed to the rescue when a queen bee sent a buzz of excitement around Windsor Castle.’
    • ‘But the third factor is undeniably true: EHB queen bees mate disproportionately with African drones, resulting in rapid displacement of EHB genes in a colony.’
    • ‘Under the agreement, third-generation apiarist Steven S. Bernard is authorized to raise and sell pure-Russian breeder queen bees on a first-come, first-served basis.’
    • ‘He intends to build up a stock of specifically bred queen bees for export nationally and internationally.’
    • ‘While this may be true for a drone bee mating for the first time with a queen bee, or the Pacific salmon which spawns once and dies, is it true of humans?’
    • ‘To scientists, that's as bizarre a finding as a queen bee spawning a colony of ants.’
    • ‘He explained that a hive of bees consists of a queen bee, a few hundred drone bees and the remainder are workers.’
    • ‘Erland Omand plans to sell traditional clover honey through outlets across the UK's as well as breeding pedigree queen bees for sale across the world.’
    • ‘Simple - the queen bee and drones that are hard at it both contain the genetic constituents required to continue the worker line.’
    • ‘That lasts the queen bee about three years laying up to 5000 eggs a day.’
    1. 1.1informal A woman who has a dominant or controlling position in a particular group or sphere.
      • ‘Plus, Sam, the queen bee, went out with one of the guys who used to sit with us, and has stuck around since he left.’
      • ‘‘How considerate,’ the queen bee replied icily.’
      • ‘Washington DC is a matriarchal society and I am the queen bee.’
      • ‘The queen bee herself will touch down in Montreal this Friday, and even though I wasn't able to chat with her, I can still make sure you all know that this is one of the best right here.’
      • ‘At 16, she is queen bee among this new breed of teen girls.’
      • ‘One day the queen bee will fall, Annie, and we'll take her place together.’
      • ‘This author seems to be the queen bee of this niche.’
      • ‘She is the fashion correspondent for the International Herald Tribune and by the lights of the arcane pecking order of this bizarre business is accepted as the queen bee.’
      • ‘It did get tiring sometimes being the queen bee.’
      • ‘The role of Eva Phillips, the queen bee who achieves her selfish aims by stinging any rivals around her that might challenge her supremacy, seemed tailor-made for Crawford.’
      • ‘The source of her insecurity is Evie, a manipulative queen bee.’
      • ‘The father's extramarital activities are beginning to wear on his marriage, and the mother is a basket case trapped in the iron grip of her domineering queen bee of a mother.’
      • ‘And the queen bee back in high school is here too.’
      • ‘I think she liked being the queen bee surrounded by men.’
      • ‘Earlier that day, grinning happily, she had declared that she felt like the queen bee.’
      • ‘The blond is Hadley, the queen bee of a trio of rich college girls on a campus in North Carolina.’
      • ‘This is what passes as my social life; I am such the queen bee, don't you think?’
      • ‘You frequently attend baseball games just to imagine that the spectators are all bees and you are their queen bee.’
      • ‘She was always the one who knew which game to play, she taught most of the class how to tie their shoelaces, and she was the queen bee of her group of friends.’
      • ‘She came to beauty after a career as a Fleet Street fashion editor and has been queen bee of the lip gloss at Vogue for four years.’
      doyenne, star, leading light, celebrity, big name, superstar, top dog, mistress, prima donna, idol, heroine, favourite, darling
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queen bee

/ˌkwēn ˈbē//ˌkwin ˈbi/