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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On March 7th, the future king delivered a speech during an early St. Patrick's Day dinner at the Irish Embassy. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Charles Makes a Post-Brexit Pledge to Visit All of Ireland's 32 Counties," 9 Mar. 2019 The king wore his naval uniform in this photo taken in 1917. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Why The Queen Specifically Picked These Photos to Display for Her Christmas Address," 28 Dec. 2018 On some occasions, the king even took part in the dissections. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 2018 If palace sources are to be believed, the disagreement with William may stem from some questions the future king asked his little brother early on in his relationship with Markle. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Prince Harry Is Reportedly 'Going All Out' to Protect Meghan Markle for This Heartbreaking Reason," 11 Dec. 2018 Apparently in Colonial times, any tree over a certain width was supposed to be set aside for the king. Fred Nicolaus, House Beautiful, "How Andrew Flesher Used Bright Colors And Leopard Print To Rescue A Historic Home," 6 Dec. 2018 Artemis has grounded Agamemnon’s naval war party on its way to Troy, and a mutinous crew is ready to kill his family, leaving the king agonizing over an impossible choice: killing his child, or seeing his family killed. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "Think these movies are too gory? The Greek myths they're based on are worse," 12 July 2018 Cobb was an all-everything athlete with good grades, a pretty smile, handsome, and the homecoming king. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "A parent's pain over his imprisoned football star son," 10 July 2018 Strolling past the minor injury department, the future king came face-to-face with a skeleton known as Elvis the Pelvis. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Charles Meets 'Elvis the Pelvis' During Hospital Visit in Wales, Charms the Staff," 5 July 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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