king

noun
\ˈkiŋ \

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

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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

Tom certainly seems to be the king of Harry Potter reunions. Nicole Weaver, Teen Vogue, "Emma Watson and Tom Felton Held a "Harry Potter" Reunion," 8 Nov. 2018 To calm, cool, and hydrate the skin, cucumber is king. Allure, "There's a Major Sale on Sunday Riley Skin Care Right Now," 4 Oct. 2018 The crappie king of Pennsylvania was having, by his standards, a crappy day on the lake. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "Roxborough man wants to catch Pennsylvania's biggest fish, anywhere, anytime," 8 July 2018 The boys want to go off-board and are frustrated with Jughead acting as gamemaster AND king of the Serpents. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 3 Episode 5: Can Archie Escape From a Teenage Fight Club?!," 15 Nov. 2018 Still, that’s a potential king-maker moment for brands. Rani Molla, Recode, "Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’," 12 Nov. 2018 Prince Ahmed, a younger brother of the king and a former minister of interior, was one of few senior royals who opposed the elevation of Prince Mohammed to the position of crown prince last year. Summer Said, WSJ, "Saudi Royals Rally to Protect the Family," 30 Oct. 2018 The document, granted by King John in 1215, established the principle that the king was subject to the law, rather than above it. Gregory Katz, The Seattle Times, "Man arrested trying to steal Magna Carta from UK cathedral," 26 Oct. 2018 The British line of succession is clear: Prince Charles will take over as king for Queen Elizabeth II, followed by Prince William, and eventually his son Prince George. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Is What Kate Middleton's Title Will Be When Prince William Becomes King," 25 Oct. 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 \

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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