• King


    • enPR: kĭng, IPA: /kɪŋ/
    • US enPR: kēng, IPA: /kiːŋ/
    • Rhymes: -ɪŋ

    Origin 1

    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").

    Alternative forms

    Full definition of 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".
      • 1907, w, The Younger Set Chapter 1/2, “… a dreadful speculative builder built this house and persuaded Austin to buy it. Oh dear, and here we are among the rich and great ; and the steel kings and copper kings and oil kings and their heirs and dauphins. Do you like the house ?”
    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 movement.
    5. (UK, slang) A king skin.Oi mate, have you got kings?
    6. A male dragonfly; a drake.

    Coordinate terms


    1. To crown king, to make (a person) king.
    2. To rule over as king.
      • circa 1599 William Shakespeare, , Act 2, Scene 4,And let us do it with no show of fear;
        No, with no more than if we heard that England
        Were busied with a Whitsun morris-dance;
        For, my good liege, she is so idly king’d,
        Her sceptre so fantastically borne
        By a vain, giddy, shallow, humorous youth,
        That fear attends her not.
    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.

    Origin 2



    (plural kings)
    1. Alternative form of qing (Chinese musical instrument)


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