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
Recent Examples on the Web The kingdom’s original plan, announced in 2016, was to sell up to 5% of Aramco, either on the Saudi bourse and one or two overseas exchanges, or solely on the domestic exchange. Washington Post, "Why Foreigners Will Buy Saudi Stocks, Like It or Not," 18 Sep. 2019 Saudi Arabia said Monday that Iranian weapons had been used in the aerial strikes over the weekend that interrupted much of the kingdom’s oil production. BostonGlobe.com, "Saudi Arabia said Monday that Iranian weapons had been used in the aerial strikes over the weekend that interrupted much of the kingdom’s oil production. It also said the attacks had not been launched from Yemen, home of the Houthi rebel faction that has claimed responsibility.," 17 Sep. 2019 The attack forced the shutdown of facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais, which ordinarily are responsible for most of the crude oil produced by Saudi Arabia; the kingdom supplies about a tenth of the worldwide total. New York Times, "Trump Says Iran Appears Responsible for Saudi Attack but That He Wants to Avoid War," 14 Sep. 2019 When people started declaring for one of them or the other, their fight divided the kingdoms in two. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Game of Thrones prequel series about the Targaryens near pilot order," 12 Sep. 2019 Manic follows 2017's hopeless fountain kingdom and 2015's BADLANDS. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Halsey Announces 'Manic' Album Title, Begins Painting on Mysterious Live Stream," 12 Sep. 2019 Saudi Arabia is planning a two-part listing of Aramco on its domestic stock market to ensure that the exchange can absorb what would be the kingdom’s largest initial public offering, according to The Wall Street Journal. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Saudi Aramco’s Long-Awaited IPO Might Actually Happen: Term Sheet," 11 Sep. 2019 North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into the East Sea on Tuesday, South Korea military officials said, hours after the hermit kingdom offered to restart denuclearization talks with the United States. Fox News, "NK follows talk of restarting nuke talks by firing off 2 projectiles," 10 Sep. 2019 Brown could be on the verge of becoming the next NFL malcontent to enter Bill Belichick’s kingdom and suddenly see the light of a team-first operation — just as Mike Tomlin and Jon Gruden try to run, by the way — and fall in line. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Will Antonio Brown conform to the Patriot Way?," 9 Sep. 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
How to pronounce kingdom (audio)

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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