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

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Saudi women also make up almost half the kingdom’s retail workers. Alainna Liloia, The Conversation, "Saudi women are fighting for their freedom – and their hard-won victories are growing," 8 Aug. 2019 In 1772, Russia annexed extensive territories east of the Polish-Lithuanian kingdom, while Prussia and Austria did the same in the west and south. National Geographic, "This 'pretender princess' tried to steal Catherine the Great's throne," 6 Aug. 2019 Among them was Faris Abdullah Aljadaan, a lanky 20-year-old who, like many of his Saudi peers, was in the U.S. on a scholarship sponsored by the wealthy Persian Gulf kingdom. oregonlive.com, "Saudi students escaping US justice: Amid political impasse, one sexual assault survivor speaks out," 2 Aug. 2019 The president has also mostly shrugged off the murder and dismembering of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi national but U.S.-resident who was killed inside the kingdom’s embassy in Istanbul, Turkey, in October last year. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Trump and Sweden don't see eye to eye – on anything," 2 Aug. 2019 Elsewhere in India, other powers dominated: the Marathas to the west and north, Hyderabad and Mysore were prominent kingdoms in the south—where the French were a force too—and there were smaller threats like Punjab and the Rohillas in the north. Anu Kumar, Quartz India, "An 18th-century British merchant’s account of how the empire ruled India," 26 July 2019 The kingdom has grown through generosity: the relative social benefits conferred by the King Abdullah and the Hashemite royalty, and the international assistance that helps keep Jordan economically stable. Andrew Solomon, Condé Nast Traveler, "Traveling Through Jordan’s Historic Ruins, Red Dunes, and Dead Sea," 24 July 2019 Four hundred and fifty-four years after Attila’s death, in 907, a Frankish army came charging out of Bavaria into the heart of the nascent Hungarian kingdom. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 Not only that, but his first official act as king was to essentially go gaming in search of Drogon the dragon, while Tyrion and the small council were left to run the kingdom. Aja Romano, Vox, "Why the ending of Game of Thrones elevated the worst of fan culture," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of kingdom

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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