Definitions

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

  • n. The position, power, or province of a king.
  • n. The domain ruled by a king; a kingdom.
  • n. The period or tenure of a king; a reign.
  • n. Used with his as a title for a king.
  • n. A monarchy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The dignity, rank or office of a king; the state of being a king.
  • n. A monarchy.
  • n. The territory or dominion of a king; a kingdom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state, office, or dignity of a king; royalty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state, office, or dignity of a king; royalty; also, royalty of nature; aptitude for kingly duties.

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

  • n. the dignity or rank or position of a king

Etymologies

king +‎ -ship. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Living outside the country for decades, returning only to receive the mantle of kingship from a desperate, rudderless party, he is seen by many as lacking in the visceral day-to-day sense of being a Canadian, working and living in this land.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • And his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed.

    RCIA Presentation: The Old Testament

  • Bahrwan, that Allah hath bestowed upon me the Kingdom of Kabul, and hath given me dominion over the Banu Shahlan and vouchsafed me a mighty empire; and if I marry thy daughter, we will be, I and thou, as one thing in kingship; and I will send thee every year as much treasure as will suffice thee.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • This classification is doubled by introducing a qualitative criterion: goodness—a government being good when it concerns itself with the common good and bad when it aims at private advantages.3 The good government of a single man is called kingship, the bad one tyranny; the good government of the few, aristocracy, the bad, oligarchy; the good government of the many is timocracy or politia,4 the bad, democracy in the special Aristotelian sense.5

    The Political Ideas of St. Thomas Aquinas

  • If this small minority dwindles down to unity, the regime that comes into existence is called kingship, provided that the ruler is a virtuous man.

    The Political Ideas of St. Thomas Aquinas

  • So, if Gondor is a much greater realm, then the analogy should still apply and the kingship should be assumable after the passage of 10000 years.

    Lord of the Rings as Property Law : Law is Cool

  • There are two forms of monarchy: kingship, which is limited by prescribed conditions, and ‘tyranny’, which is not limited by anything.

    Rhetoric

  • Israel had its petty kings, the Judges; it had its later monarchy with Saul and David and Solomon and the epigones who came after them (Gaer [1951], pp. 207-50); and the idea of kingship continues in the Messiah whose conception, literal and figurative, gave to Christianity its crucified

    MYTH IN BIBLICAL TIMES

  • For the purpose of making their own positions sure, they were in the habit of impressing it upon their people that the kingship was a divine institution.

    The World War and What was Behind It Or, the Story of the Map of Europe

  • Sir Henry Maine has shown in his _Ancient Law_ that the idea of kingship created by the accession of the Capetian dynasty revolutionised the whole fabric of society, and that "when the feudal prince of a limited territory surrounding Paris began ... to call himself _King of France_, he became king in quite a new sense."

    The Story of Paris

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