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  1. king
    IPA[kiNG]
  2. noun

    • 1. the male ruler of an independent state, especially one who inherits the position by right of birth:

      King Henry VIII
      Synonym : ruler, sovereign, monarch, supreme ruler, crowned head, majesty, Crown, head of state, royal personage, emperor, prince, potentate, overlord, liege lord, lord, leader, chief
    • 2. a person or thing regarded as the finest or most important in its sphere or group:

      a country where football is king the king of rock
    • 3. (in the UK) the national anthem when there is a male sovereign.

    • 4. used in names of animals and plants that are particularly large, e.g. king cobra.

    • 5. the most important chess piece, of which each player has one, which the opponent has to checkmate in order to win. The king can move in any direction, including diagonally, to any adjacent square that is not attacked by an opponent's piece or pawn.

    • 6. a piece in the game of checkers with extra capacity for moving, made by crowning an ordinary piece that has reached the opponent's baseline.

    • 7. a playing card bearing a representation of a king, normally ranking next below an ace.

    verb

    • 1. make (someone) king.

    • 2. act in an unpleasantly superior and domineering manner:

      he kings it over the natives on his atoll
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: king, plural noun: kings

    • noun

      the male ruler of an independent state, especially one who inherits the position by right of birth:

      a person or thing regarded as the finest or most important in their sphere or group:

    • verb

      make (someone) king.

      act in an unpleasantly superior and domineering way:

    • the name of two books of the Bible, recording the history of Israel from the accession of Solomon to the destruction of the Temple in 586 bc.
    • the name of two books of the Bible, recording the history of Israel from the accession of Solomon to the destruction of the Temple in 586 bc.
    • noun

      an edible crab of the North Pacific, resembling a spider crab.

      another term for horseshoe crab

    • noun

      a large penguin native to Antarctic islands as well as the Falklands and other subantarctic islands.
    • noun

      another term for cep
    • noun

      (in Germanic mythology) a bearded giant or goblin who lures little children to the land of death.
    • the nickname of Louis XIV of France.
    • (born 1947) US writer; pseudonym Richard Bachman; full name Stephen Edwin King. He is best known for his writings of horror and suspense, such as Carrie (1974, movie 1976), The Shining (1977, movie 1980), The Green Mile (1996, movie 1999), The Plant (2000), and Cell (2006).
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