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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

KING, n.
1. The chief or sovereign of a nation; a man invested with supreme authority over a nation, tribe or country; a monarch. Kings are absolute monarchs, when they possess the powers of government without control, or the entire sovereignty over a nation; they are limited monarchs, when their power is restrained by fixed laws; and they are absolute, when they possess the whole legislative, judicial, and executive power, or when the legislative or judicial powers, or both, are vested in other bodies of men. Kings are hereditary sovereigns, when they hold the powers of government by right of birth or inheritance, and elective, when raised to the throne by choice.
Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.
2. A sovereign; a prince; a ruler. Christ is called the king of his church. Psalms 2
3. A card having the picture of a king; as the king of diamonds.
4. The chief piece in the game of chess.
King at arms, an officer in England of great antiquity, and formerly of great authority, whose business is to direct the heralds, preside at their chapters, and have the jurisdiction of armory. There are three kings at arms, vix.garter, clarencieux, and norroy. The latter [northroy] officiates north of the Trent.
KING, v.t. In ludicrous language, to supply with a king, or to make royal; to raise to royalty.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom [syn: king, male monarch, Rex] [ant: female monarch, queen, queen regnant]
2: a competitor who holds a preeminent position [syn: king, queen, world-beater]
3: a very wealthy or powerful businessman; "an oil baron" [syn: baron, big businessman, business leader, king, magnate, mogul, power, top executive, tycoon]
4: preeminence in a particular category or group or field; "the lion is the king of beasts"
5: United States woman tennis player (born in 1943) [syn: King, Billie Jean King, Billie Jean Moffitt King]
6: United States guitar player and singer of the blues (born in 1925) [syn: King, B. B. King, Riley B King]
7: United States charismatic civil rights leader and Baptist minister who campaigned against the segregation of Blacks (1929-1968) [syn: King, Martin Luther King, Martin Luther King Jr.]
8: 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
9: one of the four playing cards in a deck bearing the picture of a king
10: (chess) the weakest but the most important piece

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English cyning; akin to Old High German kuning king, Old English cynn kin Date: before 12th century 1. a. a male monarch of a major territorial unit; especially one whose position is hereditary and who rules for life b. a paramount chief 2. capitalized god, Christ 3. one that holds a preeminent position; especially a chief among competitors 4. the principal piece of each color in chess having the power to move ordinarily one square in any direction and to capture opposing pieces but being obliged never to enter or remain in check 5. a playing card marked with a stylized figure of a king 6. a checker that has been crowned 7. chinook salmon

Merriam Webster's

I. biographical name Ernest Joseph 1878-1956 American admiral II. biographical name Martin Luther, Jr. 1929-1968 American clergyman & civil rights leader III. biographical name Rufus 1755-1827 American politician & diplomat IV. biographical name Stephen Edwin 1947- American writer V. biographical name William Lyon Mackenzie 1874-1950 Canadian statesman; prime minister (1921-26; 1926-30; 1935-48) VI. biographical name William Rufus de Vane 1786-1853 American politician; vice president of the United States (1853)

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 (as a title usu. King) a male sovereign, esp. the hereditary ruler of an independent State. 2 a person or thing pre-eminent in a specified field or class (railway king). 3 a large (or the largest) kind of plant, animal, etc. (king penguin). 4 Chess the piece on each side which the opposing side has to checkmate to win. 5 a piece in draughts with extra capacity of moving, made by crowning an ordinary piece that has reached the opponent's baseline. 6 a court-card bearing a representation of a king and usu. ranking next below an ace. 7 (the King) (in the UK) the national anthem when there is a male sovereign. 8 (Kings or Books of Kings) two Old Testament books dealing with history, esp. of the kingdom of Judah. --v.tr. make (a person) king. Phrases and idioms: King Charles spaniel a spaniel of a small black and tan breed. king cobra a large and venomous hooded Indian snake, Ophiophagus hannah. king-crab 1 = horseshoe crab. 2 US any of various large edible spider crabs. king-fish any of various large fish, esp. the opah or mulloway. king it 1 play or act the king. 2 (usu. foll. by over) govern, control. King James Bible (or Version) = Authorized Version (see AUTHORIZE). King of Arms Heraldry (in the UK) a chief herald (at the College of Arms: Garter, Clarenceux, and Norroy and Ulster; in Scotland: Lyon). king of beasts the lion. king of birds the eagle. King of the Castle a children's game consisting of trying to displace a rival from a mound. King of Kings 1 God. 2 the title assumed by many eastern kings. king-post an upright post from the tie-beam of a roof to the apex of a truss. King's Bench see BENCH. king's bishop, knight , etc. Chess (of pieces which exist in pairs) the piece starting on the king's side of the board. King's bounty see BOUNTY. King's colour see COLOUR. King's Counsel see COUNSEL. King's English see ENGLISH. King's evidence see EVIDENCE. king's evil hist. scrofula, formerly held to be curable by the royal touch. King's Guide see GUIDE. King's highway see HIGHWAY. king-size (or -sized) larger than normal; very large. King's Messenger see MESSENGER. king's pawn Chess the pawn in front of the king at the beginning of a game. King's Proctor see PROCTOR. king's ransom a fortune. King's Scout see SCOUT(1). King's speech see SPEECH. Derivatives: kinghood n. kingless adj. kinglike adj. kingly adj. kingliness n. kingship n. Etymology: OE cyning, cyng f. Gmc

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

King 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

King King (k[i^]ng), 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

King King, n.[AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D. koning, OHG. kuning, G. k["o]nig, 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. [root]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 king; 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. Note: King is often used adjectively, or in combination, to denote pre["e]minence 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 (Zo["o]l.), the little auk or sea dove. King bird of paradise. (Zo["o]l.), See Bird of paradise. King card, in whist, the best unplayed card of each suit; thus, if the ace and king of a suit have been played, the queen is the king card of the suit. King Cole, a legendary king of Britain, who is said to have reigned in the third century. King conch (Zo["o]l.), 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. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The limulus or horseshoe crab. See Limulus. (b) The large European spider crab or thornback (Maia squinado). King crow. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A black drongo shrike (Buchanga atra) of India; -- so called because, while breeding, they attack and drive away hawks, crows, and other large birds. (b) 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 (Zo["o]l.), a large and handsome eider duck (Somateria spectabilis), inhabiting the arctic regions of both continents. King eagle (Zo["o]l.), 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 (Zo["o]l.), an American hake (Phycis regius), fond in deep water along the Atlantic coast. King monkey (Zo["o]l.), an African monkey (Colobus polycomus), inhabiting Sierra Leone. King mullet (Zo["o]l.), a West Indian red mullet (Upeneus maculatus); -- so called on account of its great beauty. Called also goldfish. King of terrors, death. King parrakeet (Zo["o]l.), 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 (Zo["o]l.), any large species of penguin of the genus Aptenodytes; esp., A. longirostris, of the Falkland Islands and Kerguelen Land, and A. Patagonica, of Patagonia. King rail (Zo["o]l.), 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 (Zo["o]l.), the quinnat. See Quinnat. King's, 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 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 (Zo["o]l.), 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 (Zo["o]l.), a small fly-catching bird (Eurylaimus serilophus) of tropical America. The head is adorned with a large, spreading, fan-shaped crest, which is bright red, edged with black. King vulture (Zo["o]l.), a large species of vulture (Sarcorhamphus papa), ranging from Mexico to Paraguay, The general color is white. The wings and tail are black, and the naked carunculated head and the neck are briliantly colored with scarlet, yellow, orange, and blue. So called because it drives away other vultures while feeding. King wood, a wood from Brazil, called also violet wood, beautifully streaked in violet tints, used in turning and small cabinetwork. The tree is probably a species of Dalbergia. See Jacaranda.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(kings) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. A king is a man who is the most important member of the royal family of his country, and who is considered to be the Head of State of that country. ...the king and queen of Spain... In 1154, Henry II became King of England. N-TITLE; N-COUNT: oft the N of n 2. If you describe a man as the king of something, you mean that he is the most important person doing that thing or he is the best at doing it. He's the king of unlicensed boxing... N-COUNT: the N of n 3. A king is a playing card with a picture of a king on it. ...the king of diamonds. N-COUNT: oft N of n 4. In chess, the king is the most important piece. When you are in a position to capture your opponent's king, you win the game. N-COUNT

Easton's Bible Dictionary

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.)

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Sovereign, monarch.

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