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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Toussaint had bigger plans than a postcard for the animals in her kingdom and pushed her team for more figurative three-dimensional pieces. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How the Cartier Panther Became a Jewelry Icon," 20 Mar. 2019 But there’s also a surprising sophistication hiding beneath its candy kingdoms and flying rainbow unicorns. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The Verge’s guide to tolerable family streaming entertainment," 21 Nov. 2018 Saudi activists say the kingdom, through its embassies abroad, has at times put pressure on border patrol agents in foreign countries to deport the women back to Saudi Arabia. Trevor Marshallsea, The Seattle Times, "Thai, Saudi officials meet over case of young Saudi woman," 8 Jan. 2019 Other kingdoms, like Holmul, definitely had surplus. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "What 61,000 hidden structures reveal about Maya civilization," 28 Sep. 2018 To defend the border between the magical lands and the human kingdom, a mighty dragon king once stood watch, but humans eventually killed it and its dragon heir. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The Dragon Prince is influenced by Avatar: The Last Airbender in the best ways," 7 Sep. 2018 But a solution seems a long way off, partly because of deepening skepticism in Turkey and elsewhere that the brazen crime could have been carried out without the knowledge of Prince Mohammed, the kingdom’s heir apparent. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Saudi Arabia again changes its story on Khashoggi killing," 25 Oct. 2018 The late Sheikh Abdelaziz Bin Baz, the kingdom’s top official cleric, opined that women should stay at home to reduce the risk of adultery. The Economist, "Saudi women want more sway in religious affairs," 12 July 2018 The kingdom’s guardianship laws are based on a strict interpretation of Shariah law. Aya Batrawy, BostonGlobe.com, "Saudi women take driver’s seat as longstanding ban is lifted," 24 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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