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

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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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Some of those implicated in Khashoggi’s killing are close to Prince Mohammed, who is the kingdom’s heir apparent. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Saudi FM says global outcry over Khashoggi ‘hysterical’," 27 Oct. 2018 The oil-rich kingdom was then — and remains now — one of the most repressive and religiously intolerant regimes in the world. Erick Trickey, chicagotribune.com, "When Hitler met Hoover: 9 instances of dictators scoring presidential face time," 10 June 2018 The kingdom is an attractive place to mine cryptocurrencies because electricity there is cheap. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Here’s why you can’t buy a high-end graphics card at Best Buy," 18 Jan. 2018 Though Malaysia has only had a constitutional monarch since 1957, several of Malaysia’s nine royal families trace their roots to centuries-old Malay kingdoms that were independent states until they were brought together by the British. Eileen Ng, The Seattle Times, "A look at Malaysia’s monarchy before sultans pick next king," 23 Jan. 2019 The Heat's path to the kingdom's crown has not cleared because the King has fled. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Melo to Miami? How Heat’s interest in Carmelo Anthony reveals one team’s desperation," 11 July 2018 Still, the kingdom's desire to preserve the hard-won unity in the group of 24 oil producers has resulted in a convoluted mechanism for satisfying that need. Wael Mahdi, Houston Chronicle, "OPEC seeks last minute compromise as Iran opposes supply boost," 22 June 2018 Video footage and photos of the lucky few who the government said already held licenses from other countries were distributed by the kingdom's Information Ministry ahead of the nationwide driving ban being lifted on June 24. NBC News, "First Saudi women get driver's licenses amid crackdown on activists," 5 June 2018 Activists and rights group say that among those released are Aisha al-Mana, Hessah al-Sheikh and Madeha al-Ajroush— three longtime advocates of women's rights who took part in the first protest in 1990 against the kingdom's ban on women driving. Bloomberg.com, "Saudi Prosecutor Says 17 Activists, Rights Campaigners Detained," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of kingdom

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 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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