king·dom | \ˈkiŋ-dəm \

Definition of kingdom 

1 : a politically organized community or major territorial unit having a monarchical form of government headed by a king or queen

2 often capitalized

a : the eternal kingship of God

b : the realm in which God's will is fulfilled

3a : a realm or region in which something is dominant a cattle kingdom

b : an area or sphere in which one holds a preeminent position The office was his own private kingdom.

4a : one of the three primary divisions into which natural objects are commonly classified — compare animal kingdom, mineral kingdom, plant kingdom

b : a major category (such as Plantae or Protista) in biological taxonomy that ranks above the phylum and below the domain

5 archaic : kingship

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Examples of kingdom in a Sentence

After Queen Mary I died, her half sister Elizabeth ruled the kingdom. a studio head who was once the undisputed ruler of the kingdom of Hollywood

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First published in 1962, The Letter for the King is a medieval adventure novel set in a fantasy feudal world of three kingdoms, two of which are threatened by the third. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix to Adapt Dutch Kids Book 'The Letter for the King' as Original Series," 12 July 2018 The Shura Council, the kingdom’s quasi-parliament, is also concerned. The Economist, "Saudi women want more sway in religious affairs," 12 July 2018 Ignore my bigotry and bad character and all the kingdoms of the Courts, from lowest to highest, will verily be yours.’ Pretty rough way to describe it. NBC News, "Meet the Press - July 1, 2018," 1 July 2018 In 1713, the Bourbons unified the disparate Spanish kingdoms under King Philip V, banning Catalan political institutions and seeking to erase the Catalan language from the government, literature and culture. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "Beyond the Headlines, Catalan Culture Has a Long History of Vibrancy and Staying Power," 25 June 2018 In the 17th century, Chengdu was the capital of a rebel kingdom, ruled by Zhang Zianzhong. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Chengdu Became China’s Most Inclusive City," 13 June 2018 In the past, the kingdom, an arid country with few resources, had relied on the largesse of both the U.S. and Gulf countries such as Saudi Arabia. Nabih Bulos,, "'We are trapped,' one Jordanian says as the country weighs tough choices from the IMF," 9 June 2018 Telegrams are being received tonight from all parts of the kingdom announcing the immense sensation caused by the crime., "June 29, 1914: Student assassinates Austrian heir," 29 June 2018 To the world beyond the borders of the kingdom his driving edict appears ludicrous, a bumbling attempt to provide a false physiological basis to a ban imposed by humans. Rafia Zakaria, The New Republic, "Driving Toward Change," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of kingdom

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of kingdom

: a country whose ruler is a king or queen

: the spiritual world of which God is king

: one of the three main divisions into which natural objects are classified


king·dom | \ˈkiŋ-dəm \

Kids Definition of kingdom

1 : a country whose ruler is a king or queen

2 : one of the three basic divisions ( animal kingdom, plant kingdom, mineral kingdom ) into which natural objects are commonly grouped

3 : a group of related living things (as plants, animals, or bacteria) that ranks above the phylum and division in scientific classification and is the highest and broadest group


king·dom | \ˈkiŋ-dəm \

Medical Definition of kingdom 

1 : any of the three primary divisions into which natural objects are grouped — see animal kingdom, mineral kingdom, plant kingdom

2 : a major category (as Protista) in biological taxonomy that ranks above the phylum and below the domain

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