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. See More
Recent Examples on the WebAnother apparent friend, Mohamed Al-Fayed, ensnares her in his own dynastic drama: his pursuit of British legitimacy through a marital alliance between his feckless eldest son, Dodi Fayed, and the mother of a future king.—Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2023 Diana’s legacy Diana’s life and death radically changed both the British press and the royal family, including the country’s new king.—Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Nov. 2023 Watch Black Widow on Disney+ Black Panther Following his father’s death, T’Challa returns home to Wakanda, a secretive nation with impressive technological advancements, to take his place as king.—Jacqueline Weiss, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2023 Reportedly, the politician-cum-fugitive had invited the king’s men into his home to read the warrant for his arrest aloud.—WIRED, 7 Nov. 2023 Queens and kings competing in a ball usually do so with a pleasure, good humor, and solidarity that comes from struggling and suffering together in an inhospitable world.—Gabriel N. Rosenberg, The New Republic, 3 Nov. 2023 After a speedy trial in Manhattan federal court, the onetime crypto king, now 31, was convicted on Thursday of seven counts of fraud and conspiracy involving his companies FTX and Alameda Research.—David Streitfeld, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2023 The plot of Marie Antoinette also hinges on the reluctance of another king, Jason Schwartzman’s sheepish Louis XVI, to seal the proverbial deal, spurring in Dunst’s queen a frustration and insatiable lust for decadence and infidelity.—Andrew Marzoni, The New Republic, 3 Nov. 2023 The verdict capped the stunning fall of the onetime crypto king, whose shaggy-haired, boy-genius persona helped catapult FTX into a powerhouse trading platform that sponsored sports teams and ran glitzy ads featuring football great Tom Brady, model Gisele Bündchen and comedian Larry David.—James Fanelli, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English cyning; akin to Old High German kuning king, Old English cynn kin
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
The first known use of king was
before the 12th century