kingpin

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noun king·pin \ˈkiŋ-ˌpin\

Definition of kingpin

  1. 1 :  any of several bowling pins: such asa :  headpinb :  the pin that stands in the middle of a triangular arrangement of bowling pins

  2. 2 :  the chief person in a group or undertaking

  3. 3a :  kingboltb :  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

1801

First Known Use of kingpin

1801


KINGPIN Defined for English Language Learners

kingpin

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noun king·pin \ˈkiŋ-ˌpin\

Definition of kingpin for English Language Learners

  • : a person who controls an organization or activity



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