Definitions

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

  • n. A male sovereign.
  • n. One that is supreme or preeminent in a particular group, category, or sphere.
  • n. The perfect, omniscient, omnipotent being; God.
  • n. Christianity Jesus.
  • n. Games A playing card bearing the figure of a king, ranking above a queen.
  • n. Games The principal chess piece, which can move one square in any direction and must be protected against checkmate.
  • n. Games A piece in checkers that has been moved to the last row on the opponent's side of the board and been crowned, thus becoming free to move both forward and backward.
  • n. See Table at Bible.
  • adj. Principal or chief, as in size or importance.
  • transitive v. Games To make (a piece in checkers) into a king; crown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A male monarch; a man who heads a monarchy. If it's an absolute monarchy, then he is the supreme ruler of his nation.
  • n. A powerful or influential person.
  • n. Something that has a preeminent position.
  • n. A component of certain games.
  • n. A king skin.
  • v. To crown king, to make (a person) king.
  • v. To rule over as king.
  • v. To perform the duties of a king.
  • v. To assume or pretend preeminence (over); to lord it over.
  • v. 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.
  • v. To dress and perform as a drag king.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • n. A chief ruler; a sovereign; one invested with supreme authority over a nation, country, or tribe, usually by hereditary succession; a monarch; a prince.
  • n. One who, or that which, holds a supreme position or rank; a chief among competitors
  • n. A playing card having the picture of a king{1}.
  • n. The chief piece in the game of chess.
  • n. A crowned man in the game of draughts.
  • n. The title of two historical books in the Old Testament.
  • intransitive v. To supply with a king; to make a king of; to raise to royalty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A chief ruler; a reigning sovereign or monarch; a man who holds by life tenure the chief authority over a country and people.
  • n. One who or that which is chief or greatest in any respect; a holder of preëminent rank or power of any kind: as, a king of good fellows; the lion is called the king of beasts.
  • n. In games: A playing-card bearing a picture of a king: as, the king of diamonds.
  • n. The chief piece in the game of chess. See chess
  • n. A crowned man in the game of draughts.
  • n. See the quotation.
  • n. plural [capitalized] The eleventh and twelfth books of the Bible.
  • n. A red-finned herring.
  • n. The Chimæramonstrosa. [Local, Scotch (Shetland).]
  • To supply with a king.
  • To make royal; raise to royalty.
  • To perform the part of king; act the king: with an indefinite it.
  • n. The collective name in China for the books edited or compiled by Confucius, and forming with the Four Books (see analect) the classics of the country.
  • n. In Chinese translations of Buddhist Scriptures, the equivalent of sutra (which see).
  • n. A Chinese musical instrument, of very ancient origin, consisting of sixteen suspended stones or metallic plates of graduated size, which are sounded by blows of a metal or wooden hammer.
  • n. The male of a termite or white ant.
  • n. The perfect female bee. The queen bee was formerly known by this name. Also king bee.

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

  • n. preeminence in a particular category or group or field
  • n. 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
  • n. (chess) the weakest but the most important piece
  • n. a competitor who holds a preeminent position
  • n. a very wealthy or powerful businessman
  • n. one of the four playing cards in a deck bearing the picture of a king
  • n. United States charismatic civil rights leader and Baptist minister who campaigned against the segregation of Blacks (1929-1968)
  • n. a male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom
  • n. United States guitar player and singer of the blues (born in 1925)
  • n. United States woman tennis player (born in 1943)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English cyning; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English king, kyng, from Old English cyng, cyning ("king"), from Proto-Germanic *kuningaz, *kunungaz (“king”), equivalent to kin +‎ -ing. Cognate with Scots king ("king"), North Frisian könning ("king"), West Frisian kening ("king"), Dutch koning ("king"), Low German Koning, Köning ("king"), German König ("king"), Danish konge ("king"), Swedish konung, kung ("king"), Icelandic konungur, kóngur ("king"). (Wiktionary)

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  • To supply with a king; to make a king of; to raise to royalty.

    April 19, 2012

  • Means "shoe" in Estonian.

    July 13, 2009

  • In chess, the goal is to capture the opponents king while protecting your own.

    February 21, 2007