kingdom

noun
king·​dom | \ ˈkiŋ-dəm How to pronounce kingdom (audio) \

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Nature always bleeds into Björk’s work, and Fossora’s emotional landscape is inspired by the mushroom kingdom. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 21 Sep. 2022 Seventeen years after Cyrus’s death, one of his successors, Darius I, a man of nomadic stock whose kingdom had no cities, built a new kind of monument, which the ancient Greeks called Persepolis. Anthony Sattin, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Sep. 2022 The director also didn’t want to shy away from Dahomey’s role in the slave trade, framing Nanisca as a member of the community who oppose the kingdom’s reliance on capturing and selling people as a source of wealth. Esther Zuckerman, Rolling Stone, 19 Sep. 2022 The couple's leftovers were put to good use and distributed throughout the kingdom to hospitals, schools and charitable institutions. Nicole Briese, Peoplemag, 18 Sep. 2022 When the Oyo seize Nawi, Nanisca abandons caution and leads the kingdom to war. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 16 Sep. 2022 While West African groups did participate in slavery, enslaved people were still seen as human beings with rights and opportunities to be freed in a variety of ways, depending on the kingdom. Susan X Jane, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Sep. 2022 Brenda Sutton, who is Líadan Lithán, is a member of the rapier community that defends the kingdom. Kelly Wilkinson, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Sep. 2022 Now the desert kingdom offers substantial financial support for their films and their box office figures are the highest of the Arab countries. Alissa Simon, Variety, 2 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of kingdom

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Sep 2022

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kingdom

noun
king·​dom | \ ˈkiŋ-dəm How to pronounce kingdom (audio) \

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 How to pronounce kingdom (audio) \

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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