Kingdom definition

kĭngdəm
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The spiritual realm of God.
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A political or territorial unit ruled by a sovereign.
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A government or country headed by a king or queen; monarchy.
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A realm; domain; sphere.

The kingdom of poetry.

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In the Linnean taxonomic system, the highest taxonomic category into which organisms are grouped, based on fundamental similarities and common ancestry. One widely used taxonomic system designates five or six such groups: animals, plants, fungi, protists, and prokaryotes (often divided into bacteria and archaea). Other systems divide organisms into domains (eukaryotes, bacteria, and archaea) that replace or rank above kingdoms.
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One of the three main divisions (animal, vegetable, and mineral) into which natural organisms and objects have traditionally been classified.
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The eternal spiritual sovereignty of God or Christ.
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The realm of this sovereignty.
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A nation having as supreme ruler a king and/or queen.
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(biology, taxonomy) A rank in the classification of organisms, below domain and above phylum; a taxon at that rank (e.g. the plant kingdom, the animal kingdom)
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Any of the three great divisions into which all natural objects have been classified (the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms)
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(biol.) A major category in the classification of animals, plants, etc., ranking above a phylum or division: in some systems it ranks below a domain or superkingdom: the Latinized kingdom names are capitalized but not italicized (Ex.: Monera, monerans)
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In the Linnean taxonomic system, the highest taxonomic category into which organisms are grouped, based on fundamental similarities and common ancestry. One widely used taxonomic system designates five or six such groups: animals, plants, fungi, protists, and prokaryotes (often divided into bacteria and archaea). Other systems divide organisms into domains (eukaryotes, bacteria, and archaea) that replace or rank above kingdoms.
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One of the three main divisions (animal, vegetable, and mineral) into which natural organisms and objects have traditionally been classified.
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The highest classification into which living organisms are grouped in Linnean taxonomy, ranking above a phylum. One widely accepted system of classification divides life into five kingdoms: prokaryotes, protists, fungi, plants, and animals.
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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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(obs.) The position, rank, or power of a king.
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A realm or sphere in which one thing is dominant.

The kingdom of the imagination.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kingdom
Plural:
kingdoms

Origin of kingdom

  • Middle English from Old English cyningdōm cyning king king -dōm -dom

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

  • From Middle English kingdom, kyngdom, from Old English cyningdōm, equivalent to king +‎ -dom. Cognate with Scots kingdom, West Frisian keuningdom, Dutch koningdom, German Königtum, Danish kongedømme, Swedish kungadöme, Icelandic konungdómur.

    From Wiktionary