king·​ship | \ˈkiŋ-ˌship \

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.

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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 Maya royal rites of the sort painted on a third-century B.C. wall at San Bartolo were still enacted in the 10th century; in places, Maya kingship remained intact until the 17th. Felipe Fernández-armesto, WSJ, "I’m From Pharaoh and Here to Help," 11 Oct. 2017 Apparently Varys swapped the real Aegon in King's Landing with a peasant baby to keep him safe and train him for kingship. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Fans Mock Rhaegar Targaryen For Giving His Sons the Same Name," 28 Aug. 2017 Aurangzeb’s formative years were shaped by the bloody, fratricidal dynamic of Mughal succession, with childhood competition among princes culminating in do-or-die struggles for kingship. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, "Last of the Great Mughal Emperors," 28 July 2017 In short, with the aim of restoring a sense of community, nationhood, kingship, and hereditary leadership, fascism presented itself as a return to English traditions, not as an alien innovation. Martin Pugh, Slate Magazine, "Fascism’s Warning Signs," 14 Apr. 2017 In ancient Mesopotamia, the lion was regarded as a symbol of kingship. Andrew Katz,, "‘My mind will stay there forever’," 17 July 2017 The story is of Seretse Khama, heir to the kingship of an African people, who was attending school in Britain during the late 1940s. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Review: ‘A United Kingdom’ With Love That Tested Racial Tolerance," 9 Feb. 2017

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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: the position of a king

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