king

noun
\ ˈkiŋ How to pronounce king (audio) \

Definition of king

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1a : a male monarch of a major territorial unit especially : one whose position is hereditary and who rules for life
b : a paramount chief
2 capitalized : god, christ … to worship the King, the Lord of hosts … — Zechariah 14:16 (Revised Standard Version)
3 : one that holds a preeminent position especially : a chief among competitors the cattle kings rode up from the south — Alan Moorehead even if no longer king, cotton remains the chief cash crop — Howell Walker
4 : the principal piece of each color in chess having the power to move ordinarily one square in any direction and to capture opposing pieces but being obliged never to enter or remain in check
5 : a playing card marked with a stylized figure of a king
6 : a checker that has been crowned

King

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\ ˈkiŋ How to pronounce King (audio) \

Definition of King (Entry 2 of 9)

B. B. 1925–2015 originally Riley B. King American blues musician

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Billie Jean 1943–     née Moffitt American tennis player

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Ernest Joseph 1878–1956 American admiral

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Martin Luther, Jr. 1929–1968 American clergyman and civil rights leader

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Rufus 1755–1827 American politician and diplomat

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Stephen (Edwin) 1947–     American writer

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William Lyon Mackenzie 1874–1950 Canadian statesman; prime minister (1921–26; 1926–30; 1935–48)

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William Rufus de Vane 1786–1853 American politician; vice president of the U.S. (1853)

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Examples of king in a Sentence

Noun

He pledged his loyalty to the king and queen. the reign of King James He became king at a young age. He's widely regarded as the king of soul music. He was voted king of the prom. The lion is known as the king of the jungle. She won the game by checkmating his king.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Peanut Butter Lovers cup and Chocolate Lovers cups will be released in April in both regular and king size, but only for a limited time. Woman's Day, "We Tried the New Reese's Cup Made Strictly For Peanut Butter Lovers," 27 Mar. 2019 Not a serial murderer or a mob boss or a stick monster king? Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, ""Riverdale" Midseason Premiere's Most Shocking Moments," 17 Jan. 2019 During that time, Jerusalem was under the control of a Persian king from the Seleucid dynasty, who pressured his subjects to universally worship the Greek pantheon. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Why Hanukkah’s message of Jewish resilience matters so much after Pittsburgh," 29 Nov. 2018 Keyshia Ka’oir and her husband rapper Gucci Mane are quickly becoming the king and queen of couple style. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Keyshia Ka’oir’s Extravagant Birthday Dress Was Made From a Million Crystals and Weighed Over 100 Pounds," 7 Jan. 2019 Over the last 10 seasons, the show has turned silly characters like an ice king and a vampire queen into layered, complex characters who explore themes like love, loss, regret, and even mental illness in all-ages-appropriate ways. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The Verge’s guide to tolerable family streaming entertainment," 21 Nov. 2018 After all, when William becomes king, everything will change for the rest of the family. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Princess Charlotte Won't Become "Princess Royal" Just Because William Is King," 13 Aug. 2018 This theory is supported by 19th-century documents that refer to bride and groom as queen and king. Benjamin Kemper, Smithsonian, "Raising a Glass to Armenia’s Elaborate Toasting Tradition," 13 July 2018 Commercial fishing was king from the 1920s to the '60s, and fishing is still a popular activity today with the city claiming to have the largest charter fishing fleet on Lake Michigan. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Algoma is a day trip away along Lake Michigan," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of king

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for king

Noun

Middle English, from Old English cyning; akin to Old High German kuning king, Old English cynn kin

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king

noun

English Language Learners Definition of king

: a male ruler of a country who usually inherits his position and rules for life
: a boy or man who is highly respected and very successful or popular
: a boy or man who is awarded the highest honor for an event or contest

king

noun
\ ˈkiŋ How to pronounce king (audio) \

Kids Definition of king

1 : a male ruler of a country who usually inherits his position and rules for life
2 : a person or thing that is better or more important than all others the king of jazz
3 : the chief piece in the game of chess
4 : a playing card bearing the picture of a king
5 : a piece in checkers that has reached the opponent's back row

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