- a state or government having a king or queen as its head.
- anything conceived as constituting a realm or sphere of independent action or control: the kingdom of thought.
- a realm or province of nature, especially one of the three broad divisions of natural objects: the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms.
- Biology. a taxonomic category of the highest rank, grouping together all forms of life having certain fundamental characteristics in common: in the five-kingdom classification scheme adopted by many biologists, separate kingdoms are assigned to animals (Animalia), plants (Plantae), fungi (Fungi), protozoa and eucaryotic algae (Protista), and bacteria and blue-green algae (Monera).
- the spiritual sovereignty of God or Christ.
- the domain over which the spiritual sovereignty of God or Christ extends, whether in heaven or on earth.
Origin of kingdom
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Examples from the Web for kingdom
But give the Kingdom credit for its sense of mercy: The lashes will be administered only 50 at a time.In Defense of Blasphemy
January 9, 2015
The young Jordanian pilot comes from a well-known military family in the kingdom and his uncle is a retired major general.Did ISIS Shoot Down a Fighter Jet?
Jamie Dettmer, Christopher Dickey
December 24, 2014
King Lear becomes Lear texting “okay who wants a kingdom,” to which Goneril replies “me me I do.”What Would Jane Eyre Sext?
December 23, 2014
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley Lear gave away his kingdom.Book Bag: 5 Novels Shakespeare Sort of Wrote
October 10, 2014
They see it as being in the tradition of their grandfather, Abdul Aziz, the great warrior of the desert who created the Kingdom.Saudi Prince Joins ISIS Bombing Run
September 25, 2014
Christian Greece weaker than at any time since she became a kingdom.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
He registered his kingdom of Corsica for the use of his creditors.
We can think of God's Kingdom and righteousness only in the light of the pietistic.The Conquest of Fear
Beyond that again is the kingdom of Prester John and of the great Cham.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
- a territory, state, people, or community ruled or reigned over by a king or queen
- any of the three groups into which natural objects may be divided: the animal, plant, and mineral kingdoms
- biology any of the major categories into which living organisms of the domain Eukarya are classified. Modern systems recognize four kingdoms: Protoctista (algae, protozoans, etc), Fungi, Plantae, and AnimaliaSee also domain (def. 12)
- theol the eternal sovereignty of God
- an area of activity, esp mental activity, considered as being the province of something specifiedthe kingdom of the mind
Word Origin and History for kingdom
Old English cyningdom; see king + -dom. Cognate with Old Saxon kuningdom, Middle Dutch koninghdom, Old Norse konungdomr. The usual Old English word was cynedom; Middle English also had kingrick (for second element, see Reichstag). Meaning "one of the realms of nature" is from 1690s. Kingdom-come "the next world" (1785) is from the Lord's Prayer.
- The highest classification into which living organisms are grouped in Linnean taxonomy, ranking above a phylum. One widely accepted system of classification divides life into five kingdoms: prokaryotes, protists, fungi, plants, and animals. See Table at taxonomy.
In biology, the largest of the divisions of living things. The best-known kingdoms are those of the plants and animals. Modern biologists recognize three additional kingdoms: Monera (or Prokaryotae) (for example, bacteria and blue-green algae), Protoctista (for example, red algae, slime molds, and amoebas and other protozoa), and fungi. (See Linnean classification.)