Definition of king
- the cattle kings rode up from the south
- —Alan Moorehead
- even if no longer king, cotton remains the chief cash crop
- —Howell Walker
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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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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