kingdom

noun king·dom \ ˈkiŋ-dəm \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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
3 a :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.
4 a :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

  1. After Queen Mary I died, her half sister Elizabeth ruled the kingdom.

  2. a studio head who was once the undisputed ruler of the kingdom of Hollywood

Recent Examples of kingdom from the Web

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First Known Use of kingdom

14th century



KINGDOM Defined for English Language Learners

kingdom

noun

Definition of kingdom for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

kingdom

noun king·dom \ ˈkiŋ-dəm \

Definition of kingdom for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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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