kingdom

noun
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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Telegrams are being received tonight from all parts of the kingdom announcing the immense sensation caused by the crime. sandiegouniontribune.com, "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 Prosecutors accuse them of working with foreign entities and attempting to harm the interests of the kingdom. Aya Batrawy, chicagotribune.com, "As driving ban lifts, Saudi women in crosshairs of change," 23 June 2018 Nobu Hotel Riyadh, to find Saudi workers, initially turned to one of the kingdom’s few hospitality schools. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia’s Economic Revamp Means More Jobs for Saudis—If Only They Wanted Them," 19 June 2018 The story of a man exposed to the political violence of a kingdom under usurpation, some would argue, offers an eerie parallel to the lack of sanctuary or safety in the United States for many of the people who seek to make their lives here. Katie Kosma, Longreads, "Frailty, Thy Name Is Immigration Control," 15 June 2018 The story of a man exposed to the political violence of a kingdom under usurpation, some would argue, offers an eerie parallel to the lack of sanctuary or safety in the United States for many of the people who seek to make their lives here. Walt Hunter, The Atlantic, "When Hamlet Starts Showing Up in Federal Court," 13 June 2018 Thousands have filled the streets of the kingdom in recent days to protest planned tax increases and have called for the resignation of Prime Minister Hani Mulki. Fox News, "Embattled Jordan PM summoned by king over mass protests," 4 June 2018 Thousands of demonstrators have filled the streets of the kingdom in recent days, marching on the prime minister’s office and demanding Mulki’s departure. Omar Akour, BostonGlobe.com, "Embattled Jordan PM resigns over tax protests, state media says," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of kingdom

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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to kingdom come

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kingdom

noun

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

kingdom

noun
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

kingdom

noun
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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