- The definition of a king is a male monarch who rules a kingdom or the person who is considered most important.
- An example of a king is the male monarch in England.
- An example of a king is the guy in the neighborhood who everyone considers most important and from whom everyone seeks approval.
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- a male ruler of a nation or state usually called a kingdom; male sovereign, limited or absolute; monarch
- a man who is supreme or highly successful in some field: an oil king
- something supreme in its class
- a playing card with a conventionalized picture of a king on it
- Checkers a piece that has been crowned and can thus move backward as well as forward
- Chess the chief piece, which can move one square in any direction
Origin: Middle English from Old English cyning, akin to Old Norse konungr, Old High German kuning from Germanic an unverified form kuningaz from an unverified form kunja-, kin plush -ing-, belonging to: probably basic sense, either “head of a kin” or “son of noble kin”
- King, (William Lyon) Mackenzie 1874-1950; Cdn. statesman: prime minister (1921-26; 1926-30; 1935-48)
- King, Martin Luther, Jr. 1929-68; U.S. clergyman & leader in the civil rights movement: assassinated
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- A male sovereign.
- One that is supreme or preeminent in a particular group, category, or sphere.
- Kinga. The perfect, omniscient, omnipotent being; God.b. Christianity Jesus.
- Games a. Abbr. K A playing card bearing the figure of a king, ranking above a queen.b. Abbr. K The principal chess piece, which can move one square in any direction and must be protected against checkmate.c. A piece in checkers that has been moved to the last row on the opponent's side of the board and been crowned, thus becoming free to move both forward and backward.
- Kings (used with a sing. verb) Abbr. K or Kgs. See Table at Bible.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English cyning; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
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