kingship

noun
king·​ship | \ ˈkiŋ-ˌship How to pronounce kingship (audio) \

Definition of kingship

1 : the position, office, or dignity of a king
2 : the personality of a king
3 : government by a king

Examples of kingship in a Sentence

He has all the traits required for kingship.
Recent Examples on the Web Ostrich eggs are displayed as symbols of kingship, resurrection, and safekeeping. National Geographic, "This clifftop monastery is surprisingly accessible," 4 Feb. 2020 Directed by Amy Attaway WHAT: The final installment in Kentucky Shakespeare’s four-year Game of King's series, Shakespeare’s Henriad, Henry V is an epic history play — a classic tale of kingship and war that explores the making of a legend. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Free 2020 Kentucky Shakespeare Festival features 'Shakespeare in Love,' Henry V' and more," 23 Feb. 2020 Pharaoh was understood to be a god on Earth, like Roman emperors, Japanese emperors, Alexander the Great, and other exemplars of sacral kingship, both historical and legendary. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "This Pilgrim Republic," 28 Nov. 2019 Being at such pains required constant travel, a point that Mr. Parker stresses to illustrate the nature of Renaissance kingship. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, "‘Emperor’ Review: A Sovereign on the Move," 21 June 2019 Simba is being trained to take over his father's kingship when Mufasa passes and is betrothed to a lioness named Nala. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Surprise! Disney drops first trailer for “live-action” film The Lion King," 23 Nov. 2018 The religion supplied the symbols of kingship in courts, capitals, and urban centers from Burma (now Myanmar) to Siam (Thailand) to Laos, as monastic orders and ruling elites forged intimate ties. Amar Diwakar, The New Republic, "Saffron Curtain: How Buddhism Was Weaponized During the Cold War," 23 Mar. 2018 Being at such pains required constant travel, a point that Mr. Parker stresses to illustrate the nature of Renaissance kingship. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, "‘Emperor’ Review: A Sovereign on the Move," 21 June 2019 Simba is being trained to take over his father's kingship when Mufasa passes and is betrothed to a lioness named Nala. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Surprise! Disney drops first trailer for “live-action” film The Lion King," 23 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of kingship

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Kingship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kingship. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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kingship

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English Language Learners Definition of kingship

: the position of a king

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