Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A political or territorial unit ruled by a sovereign.
  • n. The eternal spiritual sovereignty of God or Christ.
  • n. The realm of this sovereignty.
  • n. A realm or sphere in which one thing is dominant: the kingdom of the imagination.
  • n. One of the three main divisions (animal, vegetable, and mineral) into which natural organisms and objects are classified.
  • n. In the Linnaean taxonomic system, the highest taxonomic classification into which organisms are grouped, based on fundamental similarities and common ancestry. The Linnaean system designates five such classifications: animals, plants, fungi, prokaryotes, and protoctists. See Table at taxonomy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A nation having as supreme ruler a king and/or queen.
  • n. A rank in the classification of organisms, below domain and above phylum; a taxon at that rank (e.g. the plant kingdom, the animal kingdom)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The rank, quality, state, or attributes of a king; royal authority; sovereign power; rule; dominion; monarchy.
  • n. The territory or country subject to a king or queen; the dominion of a monarch; the sphere in which one is king or has control.
  • n. An extensive scientific division distinguished by leading or ruling characteristics; a principal division; a department. In modern biology, the division of life into five kingdoms is widely used for classification.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The power or authority of a king; regal dominion; supreme rule.
  • n. The state of being a king; kinghood; kingship.
  • n. The territory or country subject to a king; the dominion of a king or monarch (see king, 1); in general, a domain; country.
  • n. Anything conceived as constituting a realm or sphere of independent action or control: as, the kingdom of thought.
  • n. In the New Testament, with the definite article, usually in fuller phrase the kingdom of God, or the kingdom of heaven, the spiritual reign of God as supreme king, and over subjects loyally accepting it: generally conceived as founded by the Messiah, and therefore a Messianic kingdom.
  • n. In natural history, one of the three great divisions in which natural objects are ranked in classification—namely, the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a monarchy with a king or queen as head of state
  • n. a domain in which something is dominant
  • n. the highest taxonomic group into which organisms are grouped; one of five biological categories: Monera or Protoctista or Plantae or Fungi or Animalia
  • n. the domain ruled by a king or queen
  • n. a basic group of natural objects
  • n. a country with a king as head of state

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English cyningdōm : cyning, king; see king + -dōm, -dom.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English kingdom, kyngdom, from Old English cyningdōm ("kingly power, kingship; a kingdom, government"), equivalent to king +‎ -dom. Cognate with Scots kingdom ("kingdom"), West Frisian keuningdom ("kingship, kingdom"), Dutch koningdom ("kingly power, kingship, kingdom"), German Königtum ("kingship"), Danish kongedømme ("kingdom"), Swedish kungadöme ("kingdom"), Icelandic konungdómur ("kingdom"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • By _keys of the kingdom of heaven_, thus apprehend, Christ promiseth and giveth not the sword _of the kingdom_, any secular power; nor the sceptre _of the kingdom_, any sovereign, lordly, magisterial power over the Church.

    The Divine Right of Church Government by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London

  • Christ's coming to take the kingdom, will be given, and witnesses of the truth of Christianity, which cannot be disputed, suddenly arise, to the surprize and confusion of scoffing sinners; multitudes of whom will be swept off by desolating judgments to prepare the way for "the people of the saints of the most high, _whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom_."

    Sermons on Various Important Subjects

  • "The saints of the most high shall take the kingdom, and _possess the kingdom for ever, even forever and ever_ -- and the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most high, _whose kingdom is an ever lasting kingdom_, and all dominion shall serve and obey him."

    Sermons on Various Important Subjects

  • _No scutage or aid [26] shall be imposed in our kingdom, unless by the general council of our kingdom_; except for ransoming our person, making our eldest son a knight, and once for marrying our eldest daughter; and for these there shall be paid no more than a reasonable aid.

    Civil Government in the United States Considered with Some Reference to Its Origins

  • Spiritual in the matter of it, and the several parts of this power: therefore called the _keys of the kingdom of heaven_, not the keys of the kingdoms of earth, Matt.xvi. 19, (as Christ professed his _kingdom was not of this world_, John xviii. 36; and when one requested of

    The Divine Right of Church Government by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London

  • Constitution_ of the kingdom, by breaking the _original contract_ between king and people, and, by the advice of Jesuits and other wicked persons, having violated the _fundamental_ laws, and _having withdrawn himself out of the kingdom_, hath _abdicated_ the government, and the throne is thereby _vacant_. "

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 03 (of 12)

  • Jordan uses the word kingdom so it can project the image of a fairy tale.

    Unveiled

  • Christians all expected the kingdom of God in the future, we may look upon it as one of the facts which we know with the greatest certainty that in the message of Jesus the term kingdom of God has an eschatological connotation, that it stands for the new world that is to come.

    The Beginnings of Christianity. Vol. I.

  • a kingdom is a word of might, and gently sounding are the terms that compose the style of royalty.

    I.4

  • To be sure, Jesus preached the ideal society in the word "kingdom" but the biggest claim Jesus made was that the kingdom "was here" or "was arriving."

    Scot McKnight: Christianity As Country Club

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  • Those who have crossed
    With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom
    Remember us -- if at all -- not as lost
    Violent souls, but only
    As the hollow men
    The stuffed men.

    -TS Eliot, 'The Hollow Men.' again

    July 22, 2009

  • A domain in which something is dominant. That's pretty deep, weirdnet.

    July 22, 2009


  • Is it like this
    In death's other kingdom
    Waking alone
    At the hour when we are
    Trembling with tenderness
    Lips that would kiss
    Form prayers to broken stone.

    - TS Eliot, 'The Hollow Men'.

    July 22, 2009

  • Sometimes WordNet's definitions are just brutally ugly.

    October 23, 2008