kingdom

noun
king·​dom | \ ˈkiŋ-dəm How to pronounce kingdom (audio) \

Definition of kingdom

1 : a politically organized community or major territorial unit having a monarchical form of government headed by a king or queen
2 often capitalized
a : the eternal kingship of God
b : the realm in which God's will is fulfilled
3a : a realm or region in which something is dominant a cattle kingdom
b : an area or sphere in which one holds a preeminent position The office was his own private kingdom.
4a : one of the three primary divisions into which natural objects are commonly classified — compare animal kingdom, mineral kingdom, plant kingdom
b : a major category (such as Plantae or Protista) in biological taxonomy that ranks above the phylum and below the domain
5 archaic : kingship

Examples of kingdom in a Sentence

After Queen Mary I died, her half sister Elizabeth ruled the kingdom. a studio head who was once the undisputed ruler of the kingdom of Hollywood
Recent Examples on the Web Though Carlo had wanted the new country of Italy to be a republic, Italy was instead unified as a kingdom, in 1861. Perri Klass, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2022 To a different Big Tech kingdom where our posts reach our friends, family, and followers at the pleasure of Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook or Google's Sundar Pichai, whose company owns YouTube? Evan Greer For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 10 May 2022 In a class-conscious fictional kingdom modeled to some extent on Thailand, 12-year-old Sai is determined to escape her small-time criminal father and rise above her humble origins. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 6 May 2022 Tyler Davis’ cinematography, notable throughout for its richness of color and texture, transports the viewer to a kingdom of possibility best seen in a montage of an idyllic island set to the soaring sounds of Dan Deacon’s electronic score. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2022 The area was once the kingdom of the Purépecha kings, who built a Mesoamerican empire second in size to only the Aztecs’. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2022 From the Biden administration’s perspective, the outreach to the kingdom was bearing fruit. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 3 June 2022 The lifestyle changes enhance his domestic popularity and are essential to attract Western money and minds to the kingdom. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, 3 May 2022 Others emerge confident that they were born with the keys to the kingdom of athleticism. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of kingdom

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Jun 2022

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“Kingdom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kingdom. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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kingdom

noun
king·​dom | \ ˈkiŋ-dəm How to pronounce kingdom (audio) \

Kids Definition of kingdom

1 : a country whose ruler is a king or queen
2 : one of the three basic divisions ( animal kingdom, plant kingdom, mineral kingdom ) into which natural objects are commonly grouped
3 : a group of related living things (as plants, animals, or bacteria) that ranks above the phylum and division in scientific classification and is the highest and broadest group

kingdom

noun
king·​dom | \ ˈkiŋ-dəm How to pronounce kingdom (audio) \

Medical Definition of kingdom

1 : any of the three primary divisions into which natural objects are grouped — see animal kingdom, mineral kingdom, plant kingdom
2 : a major category (as Protista) in biological taxonomy that ranks above the phylum and below the domain

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