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.

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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 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

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First Known Use of kingship

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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kingship

noun

English Language Learners Definition of kingship

: the position of a king

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