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 homecoming king.
An oil king.
- A playing card with the image of a king on it.
Oi mate, have you got kings?
- the three learned men from the East who came bearing gifts to the infant Jesus (Matt. 2:1-13)
Other Word Forms
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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”).