verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- king bee,
- king charles spaniel,
- king clam,
- king closer,
- king cobra
Origin of king
à la king
Origin of à la king
Examples from the Web for king
As played by Omundson, King Richard is effeminate, sincere, and ten times funnier than everyone else.
King agreed to this arrangement but did not reveal it to his followers.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We tend to think not, but the rise of King, Kennedy, and Lincoln was unlikely, too.
And now Reggaeton is king in Cuba as it is in most of the Caribbean.
The bye bye is being sung, incidentally, by mothers to their babies condemned to death by King Herod.
A player who gives the odds of a piece, may give it each game from the king's or queen's side, at his option.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million|Sarah Josepha Hale
The King looked round with a curious eye, and elsewhere, before departing.The Mesmerist's Victim|Alexandre Dumas
The King subsequently sailed on his intended visit to the sister island, and arrived off the coast in due course.Memoirs of the Court of George IV. 1820-1830 (Vol 1)|Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
A few days after this passed, ambassadors came from Cotys, king of Thrace, bringing money to ransom his son and the said hostages.The History of Rome, Books 37 to the End|Titus Livius
The illustrious guide—the King of the Law—has left us; the whole world is empty and afflicted.Buddhism, In its Connexion With Brahmanism and Hinduism, and In Its Contrast with Christianity|Sir Monier Monier-Williams
- a ruler or chiefking of the fairies
- (in combination)the pirate king
- a person, animal, or thing considered as the best or most important of its kind
- (as modifier)a king bull
- a title of any of various oriental monarchs
Word Origin for king
à la king
Old English cyning "king, ruler," from Proto-Germanic *kuninggaz (cf. Dutch koning, Old Norse konungr, Danish konge, Old Saxon and Old High German kuning, Middle High German künic, German König). Possibly related to Old English cynn "family, race" (see kin), making a king originally a "leader of the people;" or from a related root suggesting "noble birth," making a king originally "one who descended from noble birth." The sociological and ideological implications render this a topic of much debate.
Finnish kuningas "king," Old Church Slavonic kunegu "prince" (Russian knyaz, Bohemian knez), Lithuanian kunigas "clergyman" are loans from Germanic.
As leon is the king of bestes. [John Gower, "Confessio Amantis," 1390]
In Old English, used for names of chiefs of Anglian and Saxon tribes or clans, then of the states they founded. Also extended to British and Danish chiefs they fought. The chess piece so called from early 15c.; the playing card from 1560s; use in checkers/draughts first recorded 1820. Applied in nature to species deemed remarkably big or dominant (e.g. king crab, 1690s). In marketing, king-size is from 1939, originally of cigarettes.
[I]t was [Eugene] Field who haunted the declining years of Creston Clarke with his review of that actor's Lear. ... Said he, "Mr. Clarke played the King all the evening as though under constant fear that someone else was about to play the Ace." ["Theatre Magazine," January 1922]
masc. personal name, in medieval lore the name of one of Charlemagne's peers, friend of Roland, from French Olivier, from Middle Low German Alfihar, literally "elf-host, elf-army," from alf "elf" (see elf) + hari "host, army" (see harry (v.)). Cognate with Anglo-Saxon name Ælfhere. Form influenced in Old French by olivier "olive tree."
In addition to the idiom beginning with king
, also see
- live like a king