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 theory seems supported by the books: Jon Snow even has a dream at one point about old Stark kings coming to life down there. Glamour, "This 'Game of Thrones' Fan Theory About Winterfell's Crypts Is Actually Optimistic," 27 Apr. 2019 The Kenai sport fishing king harvest dipped that year. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Pretty devastating’: After years of poor king salmon runs, renowned Kenai River sport fishing community adjusts," 7 July 2018 Other times, Bailey said, Ireland climbed into her king size bed and the two snuggled and watched movies. Glenn E. Rice, kansascity, "Grandma turns playhouse into memorial for granddaughters found dead in Clay County," 6 July 2018 Reluctantly, Ned agrees to become the hand of the king, kind of a ceremonial vice president position, and travels south with some of his family. John Carucci, The Seattle Times, "It’s not too late to dive into ‘Game of Thrones,’ with help," 13 Apr. 2019 Napoleon, exiled to St. Helena, called him the greatest of French kings. Allan Massie, WSJ, "‘Louis XIV’ Review: The Sun at Its Zenith," 8 Mar. 2019 That's partially due to the status attributed to the wife of the next king, however. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The First Photos of Kate Middleton Wearing an Special Honor From the Queen Are Breathtaking," 24 Oct. 2018 The two-story house, awash with white paint and deep wood accents, feels like entering the home of your chicest Laoation friend—that is, if your friend were a grandson of a 19th-century Lao king. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 And Hilary Cadigan's profile of the next barbecue king. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appetit, "This Is the Healthyish Way to Do Summer," 28 June 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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