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

biographical name (1)
\ 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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Definition of King (Entry 9 of 9)

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

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Synonyms for king

Synonyms: Noun

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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 After spending the first two weeks shooting exteriors in Chicago, the king of the walk-and-talk was thrilled to be back in his indoor element for this courthouse scene. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Trial of the Chicago 7," 7 Apr. 2021 Upstairs in the master suite, they'll be treated to a king bed, private sitting area, walk-in closet, and soaking tub. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "This Charleston Hotel's New $19,000 Package Comes With Butler Service, Daily Champagne, and a Stunning Suite," 7 Apr. 2021 Twitch is finally coming to terms with its responsibility as a king-making microcelebrity machine, not just a service or a platform. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Twitch's New Policy Covers ‘Serious’ Offenses That Happen Off-Platform," 7 Apr. 2021 Domestically, Hamzah’s unprecedented criticism of the ruling class — without naming the king — could lend support to growing complaints about poor governance and human rights abuses in Jordan. NBC News, "Jordan's royals resolve family feud, lawyer says," 6 Apr. 2021 With his fortune up five-fold since 2020, Adani is now the second-richest Indian, a spot previously occupied by retailing king Radhakishan Damani, whose fortune was divided this year. Naazneen Karmali, Forbes, "India’s 10 Richest Billionaires 2021," 6 Apr. 2021 And the union lasted until his death — longer than the king’s three previous marriages combined. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, "Jordan’s royal rift entangles an American-born queen," 6 Apr. 2021 Dissent against the king has become more commonplace in recent years, with many Jordanians frustrated with endemic corruption and the country’s stagnant economy. Washington Post, "In both Jordan and Israel, there’s talk of a coup," 6 Apr. 2021 Domestically, Hamzah’s unprecedented criticism of the ruling class — without naming the king — could lend support to growing complaints about poor governance and human rights abuses in Jordan. Bassem Mroue, Anchorage Daily News, "Mediation resolves feuding in Jordan’s royal family, lawyer says," 5 Apr. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/king. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for king

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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