king·dom | \ ˈkiŋ-dəm \

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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Two more female activists were arrested earlier this month, and many more are banned from traveling outside the kingdom, according to Human Rights Watch. Margherita Stancati And Donna Abdulaziz, WSJ, "Saudi Women Take the Wheel as Driving Ban Is Lifted," 23 June 2018 The United Arab Emirates flew him in for talks last year, following a meeting the cleric held with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the desert kingdom. Khalid Al Ansary,, "Shiite Cleric Who Once Fought U.S. Leads in Iraqi Election Count," 14 May 2018 Cinema lovers in this desert kingdom have long had to travel to Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and beyond to enjoy a night at the movies. Alexandra Zavis,, "Saudi Arabia's first new cinema in decades holds its grand opening with a screening of 'Black Panther'," 19 Apr. 2018 Such ventures are seen as strategic assets in a desert kingdom keenly aware of its agricultural limitations. Danny Hakim And Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "He Owns Much of Ethiopia. The Saudis Won’t Say Where They’re Hiding Him.," 16 Mar. 2018 The Eucharist is the supreme expression of this hospitality, sustaining them on their journey to the kingdom of God. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "The Battle Over Who Can Take Communion," 29 June 2018 By contrast, President Barack Obama regularly criticized Saudi Arabia for civilian casualties inflicted by its bombing campaign in Yemen, and blocked arms sales to the kingdom., "US special forces secretly help Saudis fight Yemeni rebels," 3 May 2018 Trump’s overtures to the kingdom mark a dramatic turn from the Obama administration, which was cool to Saudi Arabia’s autocratic rulers over its human rights record, often criticized by advocacy groups such as Amnesty International., "Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Trade Lavish Praise in U.S. Visit," 20 Mar. 2018 Some ride-hail drivers like Ms. Farhat have taken to the roads in the kingdom’s three largest cities: Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. Donna Abdulaziz, WSJ, "‘This Is Happening!’ Riders Hail Saudi Arabia’s First Female Professional Drivers," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of kingdom

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


king·dom | \ ˈkiŋ-dəm \

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


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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