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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But his wicked uncle, Scar, covets the kingdom for himself. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Surprise! Disney drops first trailer for “live-action” film The Lion King," 23 Nov. 2018 Riyadh claims to have 2 million barrels a day of spare production capacity, but analysts say the kingdom can realistically add only about 1 million barrels to its daily output without additional drilling. Stanley Reed,, "Producers promised more oil — so why are prices rising?," 4 July 2018 In the years that followed, Louis became even more tyrannical, doing his best to undermine her authority and impose his own rule over the kingdom. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018 The same Taiwanese company that is building the hospital in Mbabane built the kingdom a new airport. David Mckenzie And Brent Swails, CNN, "The kingdom that China just can't flip," 8 June 2018 After all, one member of the 15-man team was Saud al-Qahtani, a top MBS aide who hasn’t yet been removed from the kingdom’s inner circle, though he has been banned from travel pending the results of the investigation. Alex Ward, Vox, "Saudi Arabia seeks the death penalty for 5 suspects over Khashoggi murder," 15 Nov. 2018 The Dahomey kingdom in the Republic of Benin, meanwhile, introduced status in a different way, including representations of such coveted objects as automobiles and armaments in their early 20th century silver jewels. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "A History of Jewelry Debuts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Latest Exhibition, The Body Transformed," 8 Nov. 2018 In 2016, Hampi’s welcomed its first luxury hotel, Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace, a vast and idyllic complex with 46 atmospheric rooms and suites inspired by the medieval kingdom. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Visiting Hampi, an Historic Region of Southern India That's Free of Tourists...For Now," 1 Aug. 2018 The story follows following the 16-year-old squire Tiuri in his journey to become a knight and his task of delivering a crucial letter to the leader of the neighboring kingdom. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix to Adapt Dutch Kids Book 'The Letter for the King' as Original Series," 12 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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