- The definition of kingdom is a country or location ruled by a monarch, the authority of God, or the highest category used when classifying animals and people into different categories.
- An example of a kingdom is a country that has a king for a ruler.
- An example of a kingdom is the Kingdom of Heaven.
- An example of a kingdom is the animal kingdom, which is a category used in taxonomy.
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- Obsolete the position, rank, or power of a king
- a government or country headed by a king or queen; monarchy
- a realm; domain; sphere: the kingdom of poetry
- any of the three great divisions into which all natural objects have been classified (the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms)
- the spiritual realm of God
- Biol. a major category in the classification of animals, plants, etc., ranking above a phylum or division: in some systems it ranks below a superkingdom: the Latinized kingdom names are capitalized but not italicized (Ex.: Monera, monerans)
Origin: Middle English from Old English cyningdom: see king and amp; -dom
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- A political or territorial unit ruled by a sovereign.
- a. The eternal spiritual sovereignty of God or Christ.b. The realm of this sovereignty.
- A realm or sphere in which one thing is dominant: the kingdom of the imagination.
- One of the three main divisions (animal, vegetable, and mineral) into which natural organisms and objects are classified.
- In the Linnaean taxonomic system, the highest taxonomic classification into which organisms are grouped, based on fundamental similarities and common ancestry. The Linnaean system designates five such classifications: animals, plants, fungi, prokaryotes, and protoctists. See Table at taxonomy.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English cyningdōm : cyning, king; see king + -dōm, -dom.
kingdom - Cultural Definition
In biology, the largest of the divisions of living things. The best-known kingdoms are those of the plants and animals. Modern biologists recognize three additional kingdoms: Monera (or Prokaryotae) (for example, bacteria and blue-green algae), Protoctista (for example, red algae, slime molds, and amoebas and other protozoa), and fungi. (See Linnean classification.)
kingdom - Science Definition
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