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Meaning of king by Wiktionary Dictionary


    The white and black kings ( chess )
    The black king has been checkmated; the game is over.
    A king piece in shogi. Sometimes just 王.

    Alternative forms


    From Old English cyning, from Proto-Germanic *kuningaz. Cognate with Dutch koning, German König, Old Norse konungr .


    • enPR: kĭng, IPA: /kɪŋ/, X-SAMPA: /kIN/
    • Rhymes: -ɪŋ


    king ( plural: kings )

    1. 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 .
    2. A powerful or influential person .
      Howard Stern styled himself as the "king of all media" .
    3. Something that has a preeminent position .
      In times of financial panic, cash is king .
    4. A component of certain games.
      1. 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 .
      2. A playing card with the image of a king on it .
      3. 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 moviment .
    5. ( UK, slang ) A king skin .
      Oi mate, have you got kings?

    Coordinate terms

    • ( male monarch ): emperor, empress, maharajah, prince, princess, queen, regent, royalty, viceroy
    • ( playing card ): ace, jack, joker, queen

    Derived terms

    See also

    • ( chess pieces ) chessman, chess piece, chess piece, chesspiece; bishop,‎ castle/‎rook,‎ king,‎ knight,‎ pawn,‎ queen ( Category: en:Chess )
    • ( playing cards ) playing card, card; ace,‎ two,‎ three,‎ four,‎ five,‎ six,‎ seven,‎ eight,‎ nine,‎ ten,‎ jack,‎ queen,‎ king,‎ joker


    king ( third-person singular simple present kings present participle kinging, simple past and past participle kinged )

    1. To crown king, to make ( a person ) king.
    2. To rule over as king.
    3. To perform the duties of a king.
    4. To assume or pretend preeminence ( over ); to lord it over.
    5. 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.
    6. To dress and perform as a drag king.



Explanation of king by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the weakest but the most important piece

    2. one of the four playing cards in a deck bearing the picture of a king

    3. a checker that has been moved to the opponent's first row where it is promoted to a piece that is free to move either forward or backward

    4. a very wealthy or powerful businessman

    5. a male sovereign

    6. a competitor who holds a preeminent position

    7. United States charismatic civil rights leader and Baptist minister who campaigned against the segregation of Blacks ( 1929-1968 )

    8. United States guitar player and singer of the blues ( born in 1925 )

    9. United States woman tennis player ( born in 1943 )

    10. preeminence in a particular category or group or field

    11. the lion is the king of beasts

    Definition of king by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. King ( kĭng ), n. A Chinese musical instrument, consisting of resonant stones or metal plates, arranged according to their tones in a frame of wood, and struck with a hammer.

    2. King, n. [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D. koning, OHG. kuning, G. könig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung, Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. √44. See Kin.]
      1. A chief ruler; a sovereign; one invested with supreme authority over a nation, country, or tribe, usually by hereditary succession; a monarch; a prince. “Ay, every inch a king.” Shak.

      Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle. Burke.

      There was a State without king or nobles. R. Choate.

      But yonder comes the powerful King of Day,

      Rejoicing in the east Thomson.

      2. One who, or that which, holds a supreme position or rank; a chief among competitors; as, “a railroad king; a money king; the king of the lobby; the king of beasts.”

      3. A playing card having the picture of a king1; as, “the king of diamonds”.

      4. The chief piece in the game of chess.

      5. A crowned man in the game of draughts.

      6. pl. The title of two historical books in the Old Testament.

      ☞ King is often used adjectively, or in combination, to denote preëminence or superiority in some particular; as, kingbird; king crow; king vulture.

      Apostolic king. See Apostolic. -- King-at-arms, or King-of-arms, the chief heraldic officer of a country. In England the king-at-arms was formerly of great authority. His business is to direct the heralds, preside at their chapters, and have the jurisdiction of armory. There are three principal kings-at-arms, viz., Garter, Clarencieux, and Norroy. The latter ( literally north roy or north king ) officiates north of the Trent. -- King auk ( Zool. ), the little auk or sea dove. -- King bird of paradise. ( Zool. ), See Bird of paradise. -- King card, in whist, the best unplayed card of each suit; “king card of the suit”. -- King Cole , a legendary king of Britain, who is said to have reigned in the third century. -- King conch ( Zool. ), a large and handsome univalve shell ( Cassis cameo ), found in the West Indies. It is used for making cameos. See Helmet shell, under Helmet. -- King Cotton, a popular personification of the great staple production of the southern United States. -- King crab. ( Zool. ) The limul
      us or horseshoe crab. See Limulus. The large European spider crab or thornback ( Maia squinado ). A large crab of the northern Pacific ( Paralithodes camtshatica ), especially abundant on the coasts of Alaska and Japan, and popular as a food; called also Alaskan king crab. -- King crow. ( Zool. ) A black drongo shrike ( Buchanga atra ) of India; -- so called because, while breeding, they attack and drive away hawks, crows, and other large birds. The Dicrurus macrocercus of India, a crested bird with a long, forked tail. Its color is black, with green and blue reflections. Called also devil bird. -- King duck ( Zool. ), a large and handsome eider duck ( Somateria spectabilis ), inhabiting the arctic regions of both continents. -- King eagle ( Zool. ), an eagle ( Aquila heliaca ) found in Asia and Southeastern Europe. It is about as large as the golden eagle. Some writers believe it to be the imperial eagle of Rome. -- King hake ( Zool. ), an American hake ( Phycis regius ), found in deep water along the Atlant
      ic coast. -- King monkey ( Zool. ), an African monkey ( Colobus polycomus ), inhabiting Sierra Leone. -- King mullet ( Zool. ), a West Indian red mullet ( Upeneus maculatus ); -- so called on account of its great beauty. Called also goldfish. -- King of terrors, death. -- King parrakeet ( Zool. ), a handsome Australian parrakeet ( Platycercys scapulatus ), often kept in a cage. Its prevailing color is bright red, with the back and wings bright green, the rump blue, and tail black. -- King penguin ( Zool. ), any large species of penguin of the genus Aptenodytes; esp., Aptenodytes longirostris, of the Falkland Islands and Kerguelen Land, and Aptenodytes Patagonica, of Patagonia. -- King rail ( Zool. ), a small American rail ( Rallus elegans ), living in fresh-water marshes. The upper parts are fulvous brown, striped with black; the breast is deep cinnamon color. -- King salmon ( Zool. ), the quinnat. See Quinnat. -- King's counsel, or Queen's counsel ( Eng. Law ), barristers learned in the law, who have been called within the bar
      , and selected to be the king's or queen's counsel. They answer in some measure to the advocates of the revenue ( advocati fisci ) among the Romans. They can not be employed against the crown without special license. Wharton's Law Dict. -- King's cushion, a temporary seat made by two persons crossing their hands. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell. -- The king's English, correct or current language of good speakers; pure English. Shak. -- King's evidence or Queen's evidence, testimony in favor of the Crown by a witness who confesses his guilt as an accomplice. See under Evidence. [Eng.] -- King's evil, scrofula; -- so called because formerly supposed to be healed by the touch of a king. -- King snake ( Zool. ), a large, nearly black, harmless snake ( Ophiobolus getulus ) of the Southern United States; -- so called because it kills and eats other kinds of snakes, including even the rattlesnake. -- King's spear ( Bot. ), the white asphodel ( Asphodelus albus ). -- King's yellow, a yellow pigment, consisting essentially of sulphide and oxide of arsenic; -- called also yellow orpiment. -- King tody ( Zool. ), a small fly-catching bird ( Eurylaimus serilophus ) of tropical America. The head is adorned with a large, spKing, n. [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D. koning, OHG. kuning, G. könig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung, Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. √44. See Kin.]
      1. A chief ruler; a sovereign; one invested with supreme authority over a nation, country, or tribe, usually by hereditary succession; a monarch; a prince. “Ay, every inch a king.” Shak.

      Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are
    3. King v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kinged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Kinging ). ] To supply with a king; to make a king of; to raise to royalty. [R.] Shak.

      Those traitorous captains of Israel who kinged themselves by slaying their masters and reigning in their stead. South.