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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Coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki says a projectile struck the arrival hall of Abha's airport in the southern part of the kingdom near its border with Yemen on Wednesday. Fox News, "26 wounded in missile attack by Houthi rebels at Saudi airport: report," 12 June 2019 After Charlemagne’s death, his warring heirs carved up his empire into several kingdoms. Simon Nixon, WSJ, "Charlemagne to the Rescue," 22 June 2018 During China’s Warring States period, an era of division and conflict more than 2,000 years ago, China was divided into several kingdoms. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Here's What to Know About Asia's Annual Dragon Boat Festival," 18 June 2018 But the kingdom is a longtime U.S. ally and the first place that Trump visited as president. NBC News, "Pompeo visits Saudi, but no word on whether he'll bring up Khashoggi killing," 24 June 2019 The kingdom has been at war in Yemen against the rebels since 2015. Aya Batrawy, BostonGlobe.com, "Bolton warns Iran not to mistake US 'prudence' for weakness," 23 June 2019 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven . . Rob Long, National Review, "Sound: Coughing," 20 June 2019 Despite some austerity when oil prices collapsed, the kingdom is spending heavily on guns and butter. Lauren Silva Laughlin, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Can’t Earn Its Way Out of Trouble," 18 June 2019 The story of the kingdom of Kongo is particularly instructive. Howard W. French, The New York Review of Books, "Africa’s Lost Kingdoms," 17 June 2019

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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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