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 Mata Hari was a regular traveler, as was a Bulgarian king, who liked to play engineer when the train ran through his kingdom. Penelope Green, BostonGlobe.com, "James Sherwood; revived the Orient Express, 86," 5 July 2020 So would holding our breath for signs of his lavish kingdom. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, "In Search of King David’s Lost Empire," 22 June 2020 The North African kingdom is slowly reopening its economy after grounding flights and closing cafes, restaurants and even mosques in March. Souhail Karam, Bloomberg.com, "Morocco Weighs Whether Last Rate Cut Is Enough to Revive Economy," 15 June 2020 Khashoggi, 59, a Saudi dissident, fled the kingdom and wrote columns for The Washington Post that were critical of his country’s leadership. Carlotta Gall, BostonGlobe.com, "Trial of 20 Saudis in Khashoggi Killing Opens in Turkey," 3 July 2020 Following the death of Mr. Khashoggi, who was killed inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate general in Istanbul in October 2018, Turkish authorities have complained of a lack of cooperation from the kingdom, which refused to extradite... David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Khashoggi Murder Trial of 20 Saudis Begins in Turkish Court," 3 July 2020 Like Wonka, Gene is at times the pioneering visionary of his kingdom and at times the obstinate antihero. Washington Post, "‘Action Park’ looks back at one very dangerous amusement park," 1 July 2020 While Chinese demand is recovering, the strong Saudi flows are also due to the lingering effects of price cuts for the kingdom’s oil in recent months. Firat Kayakiran, Bloomberg.com, "China’s Oil Thirst Draws an Armada of Tankers," 31 May 2020 Millions of Muslims visit the Saudi kingdom each year, and the pilgrimage has not been canceled since the founding of the Saudi Kingdom in 1932. Ken Chitwood, Quartz Africa, "Saudi’s Hajj cancellation for Covid-19 is not the first time a plague has disrupted Muslims’ pilgrimage," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of kingdom

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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26 Jul 2020

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“Kingdom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kingdom. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for kingdom

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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