kingpin

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noun king·pin \ ˈkiŋ-ˌpin \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of kingpin

1 :the chief person in a group or undertaking
2 :any of several bowling pins: such as
a :headpin
b :the pin that stands in the middle of a triangular arrangement of bowling pins
3 a :kingbolt
b :a pin connecting the two parts of a knuckle joint (as in an automobile steering linkage)

Examples of kingpin in a Sentence

  1. kingpins of the movie industry

  2. a police sting that nabbed several kingpins of the city's drug trade

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First Known Use of kingpin

1773


KINGPIN Defined for English Language Learners

kingpin

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Definition of kingpin for English Language Learners

  • : a person who controls an organization or activity



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