a male sovereign or monarch; a man who holds by life tenure, and usually by hereditary right, the chief authority over a country and people.
(initial capital letter) God or Christ.
a person or thing preeminent in its class: a king of actors.
a playing card bearing a picture of a king.
Chess. the chief piece of each color, whose checkmating is the object of the game; moved one square at a time in any direction.
Checkers. a piece that has been moved entirely across the board and has been crowned, thus allowing it to be moved in any direction.
Entomology. a fertile male termite.
a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter K.
verb (used with object)
to make a king of; cause to be or become a king; crown.
Informal. to design or make (a product) king-size: The tobacco company is going to king its cigarettes.
verb (used without object)
to reign as king.
Informal. king-size.
Verb phrases
king it, to play the king; behave in an imperious or pretentious manner: He kinged it over all the other kids on the block.

before 900; Middle English; Old English cyng, cyni(n)g; cognate with German König, Dutch koning, Old Norse konungr, Swedish konung, Danish konge. See kin, -ing3

kingless, adjective
kinglessness, noun
kinglike, adjective
outking, verb (used with object)
subking, noun
underking, noun
unkinged, adjective
unkinglike, adjective Unabridged
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king (kɪŋ)
1.  a male sovereign prince who is the official ruler of an independent state; monarchRelated: royal, regal, monarchical
2.  a.  a ruler or chief: king of the fairies
 b.  (in combination): the pirate king
3.  a.  a person, animal, or thing considered as the best or most important of its kind
 b.  (as modifier): a king bull
4.  any of four playing cards in a pack, one for each suit, bearing the picture of a king
5.  check See also checkmate the most important chess piece, although theoretically the weakest, being able to move only one square at a time in any direction
6.  draughts a piece that has moved entirely across the board and has been crowned, after which it may move backwards as well as forwards
7.  king of kings
 a.  God
 b.  a title of any of various oriental monarchs
8.  to make (someone) a king
9.  king it to act in a superior fashion
Related: royal, regal, monarchical
[Old English cyning; related to Old High German kunig king, Danish konge]

King (kɪŋ)
1.  B.B., real name Riley B. King. born 1925, US blues singer and guitarist
2.  Billie Jean (née Moffitt). born 1943, US tennis player: Wimbledon champion 1966--68, 1972--73, and 1975; US champion 1967, 1971--72, and 1974
3.  Martin Luther. 1929--68, US Baptist minister and civil-rights leader. He advocated nonviolence in his campaigns against the segregation of Black people in the South: assassinated: Nobel Peace Prize 1964
4.  Stephen (Edwin). born 1947, US writer esp of horror novels; his books, many of which have been filmed, include Carrie (1974), The Shining (1977), Misery (1988), and Everything's Eventual (2002)
5.  William Lyon Mackenzie. 1874--1950, Canadian Liberal statesman; prime minister (1921--26; 1926--30; 1935--48)

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Word Origin & History

O.E. cyning, from P.Gmc. *kuninggaz (cf. Du. koning, O.H.G. kuning, O.N. konungr, Dan. konge, Ger. könig). Possibly related to O.E. cynn "family, race" (see kin), making a king originally a "leader of the people;" or from a related root suggesting "noble birth," making
a king originally "one who descended from noble birth." The sociological and ideological implications make this a topic of much debate. Finnish kuningas "king," O.C.S. kunegu "prince" (Rus. knyaz, Boh. knez), Lith. kunigas "clergyman" are loans from Gmc. In O.E., used for names of chiefs of Anglian and Saxon tribes or clans, then of the states they founded. Also extended to British and Danish chiefs they fought. The chess piece so called from 1411; the playing card from 1563; use in checkers/draughts first recorded 1820. Applied in nature to species deemed remarkably big or dominant (e.g. king crab, 1698),
"As leon is the king of bestes." [John Gower, "Confessio Amantis," 1390]
Kingfisher (1440) was originally king's fisher, for obscure reasons. Kingdom-come "the next world" (1785) is from the Lord's Prayer. The film "King Kong" was released 1933.
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Bible Dictionary

King definition

is in Scripture very generally used to denote one invested with authority, whether extensive or limited. There were thirty-one kings in Canaan (Josh. 12:9, 24), whom Joshua subdued. Adonibezek subdued seventy kings (Judg. 1:7). In the New Testament the Roman emperor is spoken of as a king (1 Pet. 2:13, 17); and Herod Antipas, who was only a tetrarch, is also called a king (Matt. 14:9; Mark 6:22). This title is applied to God (1 Tim. 1:17), and to Christ, the Son of God (1 Tim. 6:15, 16; Matt. 27:11). The people of God are also called "kings" (Dan. 7:22, 27; Matt. 19:28; Rev. 1:6, etc.). Death is called the "king of terrors" (Job 18:14). Jehovah was the sole King of the Jewish nation (1 Sam. 8:7; Isa. 33:22). But there came a time in the history of that people when a king was demanded, that they might be like other nations (1 Sam. 8:5). The prophet Samuel remonstrated with them, but the people cried out, "Nay, but we will have a king over us." The misconduct of Samuel's sons was the immediate cause of this demand. The Hebrew kings did not rule in their own right, nor in name of the people who had chosen them, but partly as servants and partly as representatives of Jehovah, the true King of Israel (1 Sam. 10:1). The limits of the king's power were prescribed (1 Sam. 10:25). The officers of his court were, (1) the recorder or remembrancer (2 Sam. 8:16; 1 Kings 4:3); (2) the scribe (2 Sam. 8:17; 20:25); (3) the officer over the house, the chief steward (Isa. 22:15); (4) the "king's friend," a confidential companion (1 Kings 4:5); (5) the keeper of the wardrobe (2 Kings 22:14); (6) captain of the bodyguard (2 Sam. 20:23); (7) officers over the king's treasures, etc. (1 Chr. 27:25-31); (8) commander-in-chief of the army (1 Chr. 27:34); (9) the royal counsellor (1 Chr. 27:32; 2 Sam. 16:20-23). (For catalogue of kings of Israel and Judah see chronological table in Appendix.)

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