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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The entire class hears it, which leads to Tommy winning the title of king. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Hey 'Saved by the Bell' Fans: Do You Recognize James Marsden From This 1993 Episode?," 26 May 2019 The 110 African men, women, and children aboard the Clotilda had been forcibly abducted in violent raids led by Dahomey king Ghezo. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Last American Transatlantic Slave Ship Has Been Found," 23 May 2019 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip both have their birthdays celebrated at the Abbey, as do their four children (and as the wife of the future king, Camilla also receives the honor). Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why Westminster Abbey's Bells Rang for Princess Charlotte's Birthday, But Not Prince Harry's," 2 May 2019 The original building had humble beginnings as a coaching inn and hosted French kings — including Napoleon — en route to Reims for their coronation. Samantha Tse, Allure, "I Went to the Champagne Region in France to Get a Facial and My Skin Has Never Looked Better," 26 Mar. 2019 Her astonishing business skills earn her a reputation for being able to spin silver into gold — and thereby catches the eye of the king of the Staryk, the elvish personification of winter in the story’s Lithuanian-analogue fantasy world. Constance Grady, Vox, "With Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik cements her status as one of the great YA fantasy authors," 20 July 2018 But for all of their contempt, Egyptian rulers have become mendicants at the feet of the kings, emirs and sultans of the Gulf. The Economist, "A wild rideRadical reforms in Saudi Arabia are changing the Gulf and the Arab world," 21 June 2018 Jaime Lannister gave Brienne of Tarth a brief explanation of the late king's tactics in Season 3. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why There Was Green Fire in the Battle of King's Landing on Game of Thrones," 13 May 2019 López Obrador, who took the oath of office last December, is a devoted baseball fan and is trying hard to help the sport succeed in a country where soccer is still king. Carlos Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "With a presidential pitch, baseball gets a boost in Mexico," 12 Apr. 2019

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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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