verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of king
à la king
Origin of à la king
Related Words for kingmonarch, emperor, sultan, tycoon, overlord, magnate, baron, potentate, sovereign, majesty, mogul, kaiser, prince, czar, maharajah, caesar, rajah, mikado, caliph, rex
Examples from the Web for king
Contemporary Examples of king
As played by Omundson, King Richard is effeminate, sincere, and ten times funnier than everyone else.‘Galavant’: A Drunken, Horny Musical Fairy Tale
January 5, 2015
King agreed to this arrangement but did not reveal it to his followers.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
We tend to think not, but the rise of King, Kennedy, and Lincoln was unlikely, too.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
And now Reggaeton is king in Cuba as it is in most of the Caribbean.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
The bye bye is being sung, incidentally, by mothers to their babies condemned to death by King Herod.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
Historical Examples of king
King Henry often looked in on these matches, and did honour to the winners.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
The King of course could not allow one of his subjects to outdo him in such a matter.
It does not matter whether we recognize a king or an emperor or a president as our ruler.
They called him a King or a prince and obeyed his orders for their own common benefit.
The greater part of these taxes, however, do not belong to the King personally.
- 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