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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There has been speculation of official involvement since shortly after the attacks, when it was revealed that 15 of the 19 attackers were Saudis and Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaida at the time, was from a prominent family in the kingdom. NBC News, "U.S. weighs releasing name sought in Saudi 9/11 suit," 6 Sep. 2019 Women comprise 52% of all university students in the kingdom, according to the Saudi Ministry of Education. Alainna Liloia, The Conversation, "Saudi women are fighting for their freedom – and their hard-won victories are growing," 8 Aug. 2019 The decrees were announced early Friday morning in the kingdom’s official weekly Um al-Qura gazette. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Saudi Arabia finally allows women to have passports, travel without male guardian," 2 Aug. 2019 Companies often cite problems finding qualified candidates as an issue in doing business in the kingdom. Adam Rasmi, Quartz at Work, "A record number of Saudi women have joined the workforce," 30 July 2019 The killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul in October cast an even darker cloud over its prospects. The Economist, "The world’s biggest potential IPO may be on again," 6 July 2019 Minaj probably won’t cancel her concert either, making her the next high-profile Western female artist to perform in the kingdom. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Nicki Minaj’s Saudi Arabia concert confuses, angers fans and others: ‘No one in Saudi Arabia googled Nicki Minaj did they?’," 3 July 2019 The move reflects a growing unease on Capitol Hill with the Trump administration’s close relationship with Riyadh, as well as concerns about U.S. involvement in the kingdom’s destructive war in Yemen. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Farewell to Arms Deals," 11 June 2019 As the heir of both the House of Tudor and the House of York, Arthur was a keystone in Henry VII's plan to prevent rival factions from rising against his claim to the throne and maintaining peace in the kingdom. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Cause of Prince Arthur Tudor's Death Remains a Medical Mystery," 13 May 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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