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 Being friends with me is like being friends with a tiny king who hasn’t found his kingdom. Devin Kelly, Longreads, 23 July 2021 The space prince Paul Atreides may be having sweet, prescient dreams of Zendaya’s Chani, but in reality, his kingdom is under siege. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 22 July 2021 Beanpole concocts a jail strategy to salvage his moonshine kingdom. Jeff Calder, ajc, 21 July 2021 Mushrooms—which are not plants or animals but fungi that constitute their own kingdom, with more than 10,000 different species—are having their cultural moment, and not just psychedelic varieties. Marisa Meltze, Vogue, 6 July 2021 In the play, the king has decided to relinquish his throne and wants to divide his kingdom among his three daughters. BostonGlobe.com, 24 June 2021 The Savoy family was eventually forced to go into exile, leaving behind their kingdom and numerous palaces built over the years by their ancestors. ABC News, 19 June 2021 With their kingdom without a leader, the Cody family's struggle to maintain their fragile alliance, and to see which of them will come out on top. Rich Heldenfels, Star Tribune, 6 June 2021 Another one has come to play on the court that turns him into an apotheosis of his sport, and to protect this place as his personal kingdom. New York Times, 30 May 2021

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First Known Use of kingdom

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Kingdom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kingdom. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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kingdom

noun

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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