A portrait of a medieval king.
- 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.
- 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 of kingMiddle 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 + -ing-, belonging to: probably basic sense, either “head of a kin” or “son of noble kin”
the Three Kings
- A male sovereign.
- a. One that is supreme or preeminent in a particular group, category, or sphere: “In many countries, soccer is the king of sports” (Cameron W. Barr).b. A man chosen as the winner of a contest or the honorary head of an event: a homecoming king.
- 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) See Table at Bible.
- A king-size bed.
transitive verbkinged, king·ing, kings Games
Origin of kingMiddle English, from Old English cyning; see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- A male monarch; a man who heads a monarchy. If it's an absolute monarchy, then he is the supreme ruler of his nation.
- Henry VIII was the king of England from 1509 to 1547.
- A powerful or influential person.
- Howard Stern styled himself as the "king of all media".
- Something that has a preeminent position.
- In times of financial panic, cash is king.
- A component of certain games.
- The principal chess piece, that players seek to threaten with unavoidable capture to result in a victory by checkmate. It is often the tallest piece, with a symbolic crown with a cross at the top.
- A playing card with the image of a king on it.
- A checker (a piece of checkers/draughts) that reached the farthest row forward, thus becoming crowned (either by turning it upside-down, or by stacking another checker on it) and gaining more freedom of movement.
- (UK, slang) A king skin.
- Oi mate, have you got kings?
- A male dragonfly; a drake.
(third-person singular simple present kings, present participle kinging, simple past and past participle kinged)
- To crown king, to make (a person) king.
- To rule over as king.
- To perform the duties of a king.
- To assume or pretend preeminence (over); to lord it over.
- To promote a piece of draughts/checkers that has traversed the board to the opposite side, that piece subsequently being permitted to move backwards as well as forwards.
- To dress and perform as a drag king.
From Middle English king, kyng, from Old English cyng, cyning (“king”), from Proto-Germanic *kuningaz, *kunungaz (“king”), equivalent to kin + -ing. Cognate with Scots king (“king”), North Frisian köning (“king”), West Frisian kening (“king”), Dutch koning (“king”), Low German Koning, Köning (“king”), German König (“king”), Danish konge (“king”), Swedish konung, kung (“king”), Icelandic konungur, kóngur (“king”).
- Alternative form of qing (Chinese musical instrument)