Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The innermost or central pin in an arrangement of bowling pins.
  • noun The most important person or element in an enterprise or system.

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  • noun motorized vehicles The axis around which steered wheels pivot; a bolt that holds the axis in place—a kingbolt.
  • noun ten pin bowling The pin at the centre of the triangle of bowling pins (originally the tallest pin in kayles). Sometimes also the headpin at the apex.
  • noun The most important person in an undertaking or organization.
  • noun The bolt holding together the truck of a roller skate or skateboard.

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

  • noun the most important person in a group or undertaking
  • noun bolt that provides a steering joint in a motor vehicle
  • noun the front bowling pin in the triangular arrangement of ten pins

Etymologies

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king + pin

Examples

  • Now it reminds me of a Jamie Oliver episode: Google, the Internet search kingpin, is conducting a huge search of its own: It is scouring the world for a pair of executive chefs.

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  • Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producer in the world and is sometimes referred to as the kingpin of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

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  • Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producer in the world and is sometimes referred to as the kingpin of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

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  • Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producer in the world and is sometimes referred to as the kingpin of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

    NewsBlaze.com Current News - Top Stories

  • Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producer in the world and is sometimes referred to as the kingpin of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

    NewsBlaze.com Current News - Top Stories

  • Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producer in the world and is sometimes referred to as the kingpin of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

    NewsBlaze.com Current News - Top Stories

  • Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producer in the world and is sometimes referred to as the kingpin of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

    NewsBlaze.com Current News - Top Stories

  • Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producer in the world and is sometimes referred to as the kingpin of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

    NewsBlaze.com Current News - Top Stories

  • Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producer in the world and is sometimes referred to as the kingpin of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

    NewsBlaze.com Current News - Top Stories

  • Saudi Arabia is the largest oil producer in the world and is sometimes referred to as the kingpin of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

    NewsBlaze.com Current News - Top Stories

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  • "A people-smuggling kingpin has been found among Tamils on a boat they are refusing to leave at an Indonesian port, potentially bolstering efforts to disrupt a wave of illegal arrivals in Australia. Abraham Lauhenapessy, known as Captain Bram, has brought more than 1500 asylum seekers to Australia since he emerged as a pivotal organiser of Indonesia's people-smuggling operations in 1999."

    - Lindsay Murdoch & Mark Davis, People-smuggler arrested on Tamil boat, theage.com.au, 19 October 2009.

    October 19, 2009

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