King definition

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A male sovereign.
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Chief (in size, importance, etc.)
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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 king-size bed.
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A man chosen as the winner of a contest or the honorary head of an event.

A homecoming king.

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A powerful or influential person.

Howard Stern styled himself as the "king of all media".

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A male ruler of a nation or state usually called a kingdom; male sovereign, limited or absolute; monarch.
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One that is supreme or preeminent in a particular group, category, or sphere.
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A playing card bearing the figure of a king, ranking above a queen.
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The principal chess piece, which can move one square in any direction and must be protected against checkmate.
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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.
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Principal or chief, as in size or importance.
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To make (a piece in checkers) into a king; crown.
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A playing card with a conventionalized picture of a king on it.
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(checkers) A piece that has been crowned and can thus move backward as well as forward.
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(chess) The chief piece, which can move one square in any direction.
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A man who is supreme or highly successful in some field.

An oil king.

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Something supreme in its class.
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(person) 1874-1950; Cdn. statesman: prime minister (1921-26; 1926-30; 1935-48)
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(person) 1929-68; U.S. clergyman & leader in the civil rights movement: assassinated.
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Something that has a preeminent position.

In times of financial panic, cash is king.

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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.
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To crown king, to make (a person) king.
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To rule over as king.
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To perform the duties of a king.
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To assume or pretend preeminence (over); to lord it over.
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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.
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To dress and perform as a drag king.
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Alternative form of qing (Chinese musical instrument)
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An English and Scottish surname​, originally a nickname for someone who either acted as if he were a king or had worked in the king's household.
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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.

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The title of a king.
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(UK, slang) A king skin.

Oi mate, have you got kings?

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the Three Kings
  • the three learned men from the East who came bearing gifts to the infant Jesus (Matt. 2:1-13)
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
king
Plural:
Kings

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the Three Kings

Origin of king

  • Middle English from Old English cyning genə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary