kingdom

noun

king·​dom ˈkiŋ-dəm How to pronounce kingdom (audio)
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

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 Not only does Finland share an 833-mile border with Russia, in the 17th and 18th centuries various monarchs of the Russian Empire repeatedly tried to conquer Finland, which was then part of a Swedish kingdom. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2024 The snake’s name, Trimeresurus lanna, pays homage to an ancient kingdom that once ruled the same land. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 5 Apr. 2024 This declaration reasserted the populace’s duty to pay the pharaoh and his kingdom, as everything in the state was understood to belong to the pharaoh. Kate McMahon, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 In January 2022, the kingdom of Tonga in the Ring of Fire was the site of one of the most powerful volcanic eruptions ever recorded, with a study later finding that the underwater eruption was larger than any U.S. nuclear explosion. Victoria Bisset, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 Is taking on some of their burden your way of assisting their glow up? Sagittarius Rising Even if all is not at peace in your kingdom this month, can an untenable situation at home somehow be the push needed to accelerate toward a fuller life? Steph Koyfman, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Mar. 2024 The assaults on shipping have raised the profile of the Houthis, whose Zaydi people ruled a 1,000-year kingdom in Yemen up until 1962. Jon Gambrell, Quartz, 14 Mar. 2024 The Saudis—given their experience in handling the very large numbers that come into the kingdom for the hajj and for whom shelter is often provided—can certainly be helpful in this effort. Dennis Ross, Foreign Affairs, 13 Mar. 2024 Both were filmed in Neom, a sprawling area along the kingdom’s Red Sea coast. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 4 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of kingdom was in the 14th century

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“Kingdom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kingdom. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

kingdom

noun
king·​dom ˈkiŋ-dəm How to pronounce kingdom (audio)
1
: a country whose ruler is a king or queen
2
: a region in which something or someone has very strong influence
the cotton kingdom
3
a
: one of the three primary divisions into which natural objects are classified compare animal kingdom, mineral kingdom, plant kingdom
b
: a major category in the scientific classification of living things that ranks above the phylum and below the domain

Medical Definition

kingdom

noun
king·​dom ˈkiŋ-dəm How to pronounce kingdom (audio)
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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