What does king mean?

Definitions for king

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word king.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. king, male monarch, Rexnoun

    a male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom

  2. king, queen, world-beaternoun

    a competitor who holds a preeminent position

  3. baron, big businessman, business leader, king, magnate, mogul, power, top executive, tycoonnoun

    a very wealthy or powerful businessman

    "an oil baron"

  4. kingnoun

    preeminence in a particular category or group or field

    "the lion is the king of beasts"

  5. King, Billie Jean King, Billie Jean Moffitt Kingnoun

    United States woman tennis player (born in 1943)

  6. King, B. B. King, Riley B Kingnoun

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

  7. King, Martin Luther King, Martin Luther King Jr.noun

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

  8. kingnoun

    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. kingnoun

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

  10. kingnoun

    (chess) the weakest but the most important piece


  1. kingnoun

    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. kingnoun

    A powerful or influential person.

    Howard Stern styled himself as the "king of all media".

  3. kingnoun

    Something that has a preeminent position.

    In times of financial panic, cash is king.

  4. kingnoun

    A component of certain games.

  5. kingnoun

    A king skin.

    Oi mate, have you got kings?

  6. kingverb

    To crown king, to make (a person) king.

  7. kingverb

    To rule over as king.

  8. kingverb

    To perform the duties of a king.

  9. kingverb

    To assume or pretend preeminence (over); to lord it over.

  10. kingverb

    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.

  11. kingverb

    To dress and perform as a drag king.

  12. Kingnoun

    The title of a king

  13. Kingnoun

    The title of a king.

  14. Kingnoun

    An English and Scottish surname, originally a nickname for someone who either acted as if he were a king or had worked in the king's household.

  15. Kingnoun

    King class, a class of steam locomotives used on the GWR.

  16. Etymology: From cyning, from kuningaz. Cognate with Dutch koning, German König, Old Norse konungr.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Kingnoun

    Etymology: A contraction of the Teutonick word cuning , or cyning , the name of sovereign dignity. In the primitive tongue it signifies stout or valiant, the kings of most nations being, in the beginning, chosen by the people on account of their valour and strength. Verstegan.

    The great king of kings,
    Hath in the table of his law commanded,
    That thou shalt do no murder. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    A substitute shines brightly as a king,
    Until a king be by; and then his state
    Empties itself, as doth an inland brook
    Into the main of waters. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

    True hope is swift, and flies with swallows wings;
    Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings. William Shakespeare.

    The king becoming graces,
    As justice, verity, temp’rance, stableness,
    Bounty, persev’rance, mercy, lowliness,
    Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude,
    I have no relish of them. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Thus states were form’d; the name of king unknown,
    ’Till common int’rest plac’d the sway in one;
    ’Twas virtue only, or in arts or arms,
    Diffusing blessings, or averting harms,
    The same which in a sire the sons obey’d,
    A prince the father of a people made. Alexander Pope.

    Ferdinand and Isabella, kings of Spain, recovered the great and rich kingdom of Granada from the Moors. Francis Bacon.

    The king unseen
    Lurk’d in her hand, and mourn’d his captive queen. Alexander Pope.

    A letter under his own hand was lately shewed me by sir William Dugdale, king at arms. Walton.

  2. To Kingverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    England is so idly kingd,
    Her sceptre so fantastically borne,
    By a vain, giddy, shallow, humorous youth,
    That fear attends her not. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Sometimes am I a king;
    Then treason makes me wish myself a beggar,
    And so I am : then crushing penury
    Persuades me, I was better when a king;
    Then am I kingd again. William Shakespeare, Richard II.


  1. king

    A king is a male monarch.


  1. King

    A king is a male ruler who holds supreme power and authority over a kingdom or nation. They typically inherit their position through bloodlines or are elected by the people. Kings often act as the head of state and make decisions regarding governance, legislation, and military affairs. Their role and responsibilities can vary depending on the specific political system and culture in which they exist.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kingnoun

    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. Kingnoun

    a chief ruler; a sovereign; one invested with supreme authority over a nation, country, or tribe, usually by hereditary succession; a monarch; a prince

  3. Kingnoun

    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

  4. Kingnoun

    a playing card having the picture of a king; as, the king of diamonds

  5. Kingnoun

    the chief piece in the game of chess

  6. Kingnoun

    a crowned man in the game of draughts

  7. Kingnoun

    the title of two historical books in the Old Testament

  8. Kingverb

    to supply with a king; to make a king of; to raise to royalty

  9. Etymology: [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D. koning, OHG. kuning, G. knig, 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. King

    King is the fourth studio album by American rapper T.I., released on March 28, 2006 through Grand Hustle Records and Atlantic Records. Recording sessions for the album only took a year in a half to record towards late-2005, T.I. stated in an interview with MTV News. Production was handled by several high-profile record producers, including DJ Toomp, Just Blaze, Mannie Fresh, Swizz Beatz, Keith Mack, Travis Barker, The Neptunes, Kevin "Khao" Cates, Nick "Fury" Loftin, and Tony Galvin, among others. The album was also used as the official soundtrack to his hit debut film ATL. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling over 522,000 copies in its first week of release in the United States, achieving respectable international charting and produced the two hit singles that attained chart success, including US Billboard hit singles "What You Know" and "Why You Wanna". It was certified Gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America, following shipment in excess of 523,408 copies. The RIAA later certified the album Platinum. Upon its release, King received general acclaim from music critics, earning praise for its varied musical style, opulent production quality, and T.I.'s dichotomous lyrical themes, and including the hit single "What You Know" where critics praised DJ Toomp's production for the single. The album also earned T.I. several accolades, including Grammy Award nominations for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Solo Performance, winning the latter for "What You Know". The album also appeared at the top of several publications year-end lists of top albums. Initially naming it one of the best albums of 2006, Pitchfork Media placed the album at number 147 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s. Stylus Magazine placed the album at number 14 on its list of their Top 50 Albums of 2006.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. King

    king, n. the chief ruler of a nation: a monarch: a playing-card having the picture of a king: the most important piece in chess: a crowned man in draughts: one who is pre-eminent among his fellows:—fem. Queen.—v.t. to play king.—ns. King′-at-arms, or King′-of-arms, a chief officer of the Heralds' Colleges, whose designations are, for England, Norroy, Clarencieux, and Garter; for Scotland, Lyon; and for Ireland, Ulster; King′-bird, an American tyrant fly-catcher; King′crab, the chief or largest of the crab genus, most common in the Molucca Islands; King′craft, the art of governing, mostly in a bad sense; King′cup, the buttercup or upright meadow crowfoot; King′dom, the state or attributes of a king: the territory of a king: government: a region: one of the three grand divisions of Natural History, as the animal, vegetable, or mineral.—adj. King′domed (Shak.), endowed with kingly power, proud.—ns. King′fisher, a bird with very brilliant plumage, feeding on fish, the halcyon; King′hood, kingship: kingliness.—adj. King′less.—ns. King′let, King′ling, a little or petty king: the golden-crested wren.—ns. King′lihood, King′liness.—adj. King′-like.—adj. King′ly, belonging or suitable to a king: royal: noble—also adv.ns. King′-mak′er, one who has the creating of kings in his power; King′post, a perpendicular beam in the frame of a roof rising from the tie-beam to the ridge; King's′-cush′ion, a seat formed by two people's hands; King's′-ē′vil, a scrofulous disease or evil formerly supposed to be healed by the touch of the king; King′ship, the state, office, or dignity of a king; King's′-hood, the second stomach of a ruminant, sometimes humorously for the human stomach; King's′-spear, a plant of the genus Asphodel; King's′-yell′ow, arsenic trisulphide or orpiment; King′-vul′ture, a large tropical brilliantly-coloured American vulture; King′wood, a beautiful Brazilian wood—also Violet-wood.—King Charles spaniel (see Spaniel); King Log, a do-nothing king, as opp. to King Stork, one who devours his frog-subjects—from Æsop's fable; King Mob, the vulgar multitude; King of beasts, the lion; King of metals, gold; King of terrors, death; King of the forest, the oak; King's Bench, the bench or seat of the king: one of the high courts of law, so called because the king used to sit there, called Queen's Bench during a queen's reign; King's counsel an honorary rank of barristers; King's evidence, a criminal allowed to become a witness against an accomplice.—Kingdom come (slang), the state after death.—Three kings of Cologne, the three Wise Men of the Eas

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. king

    1. In the presence of genius, a pleb. 2. A vestige. 3. One whose chief diversion lately has been to watch himself grow beautifully less. 4. A First Cause run to seed. 5. Divine Right tempered by bombs.

Editors Contribution

  1. kingnoun

    A Knight in disguise; Variant spelling of God or a Deity in the form of a nanogram. 1.) The male ruler of an independent state, especially one who inherits the position by right of birth. 2.) The most important Chess piece, of which each player has one, which the opponent has to checkmate in order to win. A player card bearing a representation of a king, normally ranking next below an ace. To make king in archaic to act in an unpleasantly superior and domineering manner.

    Jesus Christ said that he and the King of Kings are as one.

    Etymology: Divined or Elected

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on October 24, 2023  

  2. King

    A legendary immortal of a divine kingdom superior of rare bloodline. Who is crowned, announced king or ruler of his natural throne.

    The Celtic king fought for history their pride with regaining control.

    Submitted by ivjones689 on April 26, 2019  

  3. king

    A person who is related to everyone in terms of familial relationships this is how the original rule before governments was established in the world of definitive naming for instance a city of Palaces was called Palestine this is where the King lived. The person best related to all the humans living in the world was pronounced King by the Council dedicated to keeping Family records and establishing a uniform connection in Relationships and crowning him King

    Submitted by anonymous on September 22, 2019  

Suggested Resources

  1. king

    Song lyrics by king -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by king on the Lyrics.com website.

  2. KING

    What does KING stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the KING acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. KING

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, King is ranked #34 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The King surname appeared 465,422 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 158 would have the surname King.

    70.1% or 326,540 total occurrences were White.
    22.7% or 105,930 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 11,868 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 10,751 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 5,725 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.9% or 4,561 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'king' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #624

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'king' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1780

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'king' in Nouns Frequency: #237

How to pronounce king?

How to say king in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of king in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of king in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of king in a Sentence

  1. Greg Treverton:

    In this case, where Angus King are making an assessment more or less in the present of something that turned out to be pretty dramatically wrong -- that's a good reason to do a serious postmortem.

  2. Italian Proverb:

    After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box.

  3. Moustafa Mohamad:

    In doing what I did, I was not only trying to share the suffering of my compatriots, but also pay homage to the likes of Gandhi and Dr. King, who thought if suffering has to be endured for the social good, the activists should undergo it first.

  4. Aleta Ledendecker:

    This is the litmus test I use: if I were a Christian parent walking in the school, and I heard over the PA system during morning announcements music with the words ‘Praise Allah. Allah is king on high. Bow down to Allah,’ how would I feel as a Christian parent with that being broadcast to all the children in the schools.

  5. Murray Bessette:

    Martin Luther King very explicitly considered viewing the Soviet Union and Democratic Socialists of America as allies for civil rights in the U.S..

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for king

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for king »


Find a translation for the king definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"king." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 24 Jul 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/king>.

Discuss these king definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for king? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    denote or connote
    A deny
    B conform
    C aggravate
    D signify

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for king: